I'm Jo Avery, and this blog is all about sharing the things I make.
My sister, Jane, taught me to sew when I was 6 years old (a squirrel made out of our old curtains), and I spent a large part of my childhood making toys, knitting, and from the age of 10, English paper piecing with hexagons (though I just called it patchwork then!).
So we sold it (it is still going strong under new ownership) and Jonathan set up a furniture making business (called Jonathan Avery).
I immediately got my (now teenage) boys to help me set up my own blog and Bearpaw was born!
I would still classify myself as primarily a quilter but I am always crocheting too and in the last few years have become very interested in embroidery, and even knitting has made a comeback.
I like to share everything I make on this blog.
In early 2012 we started to stock fabric, wool and haberdashery at our shop and this grew into a large craft department with an online shop too.
1st April 2014 we moved to our new premises in Toll Cross, Edinburgh, with a large teaching studio and a shop that's open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays.