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Jill TarabarI’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 for as long as I can remember…. Sewing and knitting 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!

knitting on a cruise ship!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!  I’m currently working for a local non-profit thrift store which benefits a variety of charities in the Philadelphia area.

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!

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  1. Hi Jill,
    I received your name from Alan Sheinberg, we both work with the Bucks County Jewish Coalition and will be having a Jewish-Israel festival on June 4th at BCCC
    would love to invite you to be a vendor and come sell your wares

    I do have your email and will send you some addiitonal information

    looking forward to hearing from you

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