Jill Tarabar's Profile

About

Click here to visit my shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/JiSTglass

me in a nutshell:
mom of 2 great young adults
wife of a wonderful husband
graphic designer by day
fiber and glass artist by night
somewhat obsessed by the creative process
blessed (or cursed) by fearless creativity

I've spent alot of years trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up...

I've always been "crafty", sewing and knitting clothing for my dolls. Sewing my own clothes and for my family. I even made my own wedding gown.

After graduating college (with a degree in Government and International Relations no less) I found a job in a craft shop at our local mall while looking for a "career". There I learned the craft of stained glass…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 20
  • Joined February 26, 2010

Favorite materials

glass, copper foil, knitting yarn, wire

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JiSTglass
Stained glass from a knitter's hand......

About

Click here to visit my shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/JiSTglass

me in a nutshell:
mom of 2 great young adults
wife of a wonderful husband
graphic designer by day
fiber and glass artist by night
somewhat obsessed by the creative process
blessed (or cursed) by fearless creativity

I've spent alot of years trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up...

I've always been "crafty", sewing and knitting clothing for my dolls. Sewing my own clothes and for my family. I even made my own wedding gown.

After graduating college (with a degree in Government and International Relations no less) I found a job in a craft shop at our local mall while looking for a "career". There I learned the craft of stained glass in order to teach it and sell supplies.

I soon met my husband, Marty. We married and picked up and moved to follow his job opportunities - every 6 months for a time - until landing in New Jersey in the mid-80's. Stained glass was something I could do anywhere - and it made a wonderful gift.

In New Jersey for 5 years, I was able to develop a line of boxes and picture frames that I created (while my 2 young children were napping or at school) and sold to a chain of retail gift shops on the east coast. I was suddenly in business!

All the while, I continued to knit and sew, enjoying the softness of the fiber in comparison to the sharpness of the glass. Healing fingertips always presented a challenge when knitting!

We then moved to our present home in Chalfont, PA. After continuing for a time with the wholesale production of gift items, the business drifted away as times changed. Once my children were in school full time, I went to work as well, earning a paycheck, becoming a graphic designer by day and a crafter by night!

In recent years, I've stepped away from the stained glass craft and concentrated more on knitting, felting, spinning and weaving. But glass is a part of me and for years I've been hoping to find a way to combine the two crafts into one.

Last year I discovered lampworking. Fun, challenging and unpredictable, lampworking has presented me with the first opportunity to combine fiber and glass... who know where this will lead!

My second shop full of hand knitted and felted items - JiSTdesigns - can be found at http://www.etsy.com/shop/JiSTdesigns.

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