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Tuesday 17 September 2013

Visiting Edinburgh? Drop Into Avery Homestore

Update at 14 April 2014

Avery Homestore is now trading under the name myBearpaw.  Jo Avery is still the owner and the store is focussing on her craft classes, fabric, wool, and haberdashery.  The store has moved to a new location:
myBearpaw, 50 Lochrin Buildings, Gilmore Place, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH3 9ND.

You'll find the new store details here on the myBearpaw website.

On my recent trip to Scotland to settle Flicky at the University of St Andrews I made a point of dropping into Avery Homestore in Edinburgh (that's me in the above photo as I'm leaving the store with my lime green bag of goodies).  I have 'met' Jo Avery, the owner, via her blog myBearpaw and I was keen to drop in and take a look at her gorgeous store for myself.

Just take a look at all this scrummy goodness.

A range of top designer bolts, fat quarters, and rolls, so hard to choose!

Noro wool - one of my favourite brands

I love this Cathedral Window quilt, I've used some of those fabrics myself and they look just stunning against this black background.

Adorable cushions

And there's more - there's also a home and gift side to the store, I was spoilt for choice and bought some pieces for Flicky.

Children's gifts

And the craft/classroom with all Jo's fabulous creations hanging on the walls - I can imagine that they're a great source of inspiration for everyone taking a class here.

There's all kinds of classes on offer, patchwork, quilting, crochet, Roman blinds, cushions, felting, machine skills and more and Jo also runs a once a month Craft Club and The Stitch Gathering - with events such as the recent Edinburgh Modern Quilt Retreat and a Xmas Craft Day coming up on Sunday, 10 November 2013.  Jo also curated the recent Scottish Modern Quilt Exhibition - I'm thinking she's a very busy and talented lady :)

It was hard to choose what fabrics to bring away with me but I finally plumped for this selection: two Free Spirit fabrics; two Liberty Lifestyle fabrics; and four Riley Blake fabrics.

The only disappointing thing about my visit was that Jo wasn't in the store, I so wanted to meet her in person - what a great reason to have to call again next time I'm passing through Edinburgh!!!  I did get to meet and chat with Barbara, who also works at the store, and she was so lovely, friendly and helpful, showing me the classroom and giving me permission to take all these great photos to share with you - thanks, Barbara :)

If you're in the area and fancy dropping by I highly recommend you do and you can find Avery Homestore at 7-9 Church Hill Place, Edinburgh.  The store is open every day 10 am to 5.30 pm and Sundays 12 pm to 4pm.  And for those who aren't in the area you can always take a look at Jo's blog My Bearpaw for lots more crafty goodness and you must take a look at her post about The Great Tapestry Of Scotland!

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  1. Looks like a lovely store, if I visit Scotland its on my to go to list. :)

  2. Looks like a very friendly shop. I think you should start a travelogue and carry on trawling the world for fab crafty shops to share with us all!

    1. You made me giggle and set me thinking but filled my husband with fear!

  3. WOW, I'd love to did in that store. You did well restraining yourself. Love the fabric you purchased.

  4. Oh wow the store looks AMAZING!!! So happy that you got the chance to go there!! What a shame Jo wasn't there though, you will just have to go back again :-) xx

    1. Exactly Sarah, and I think you should come with me next time x

  5. I can see this is your kind of shop!

  6. Beautiful shop with so many lovely creations! I love quilt shop pictures and Her quilts and cushions are amazing. Thanks for the introduction. I'm heading over to visit Jo's blog now.

  7. What a wonderful post Chrissie! Thank you so much for this amazing advert for everything we do - I should be getting you to do our PR!! I really hope I can be around to meet you in person next time!

    1. Thanks Jo, with a gorgeous store like yours it was a pleasure to write about it. I'm thinking I'll be passing through a number of times over the next four years so I'm sure we might just manage to meet up at some point! :D

  8. It looks like a very charming store Chrissie. I bet it will be one more reason to visit Flicky a little more often :))) Her stuff is beautiful and I'm in awe of those cushions.

    1. I'm following Jo's blog now Kati, she's def one to watch and I'd like to try to do a class with her if a get a chance on one of my visits :D


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