Category Archives: Stained Glass

close up of some of the circles including bevels that have been cut to fit specific shapes

Balanced Asymmetry

During a recent home redecorating project, we widened the doorway between our living room and dining room in order to allow light to flow through and give each room a more open feel. As part of the project, we created a space specifically for a stained glass window. The window adds a little separation between the rooms whole still allowing light to flow from the brighter dining room into the north facing living room.

I’ve always been fascinated by the play of geometric shapes and the challenge of designing balanced asymmetry. The exposed top and side edges of the window are irregular in shape, allowing the circle and line design to flow naturally.

To create the window, I used a variety of clear texture glass mixed with clear circle bevels ranging in size from 2” to 6”. The largest circle measures 12” in diameter. We debated adding color but settled on all clear with black backed foil and black patina.

The window measures 28” wide by 56” tall and is mounted in the space on the bottom and wall side in 1” oak framing that is painted to match the wood trim. A small loop and hook hold the top edge in place.

All in all… one of my most challenging and rewarding projects! What do you think?

stained glass clear texture window created by Jill Tarabar for her home in southeastern pennsylvania

The window divides our living room from dining room and compliments other geometric artwork in our home

close up of some of the circles including bevels that have been cut to fit specific shapes

large stained glass window that I created for my home in early 2016



JiSTdesigns… Open for Business!

Take a look at my hand knit wire bracelets, necklaces and earrings! What do you think?

I’m having fun creating one of a kind jewelry items, many with glass or fused glass elements. There is more to come so stick around!

Little by little it all will come together…

Taking it to the Streets!


What was I thinking?

lime chartreuse turquoise squares hand knit wire dangle necklace at JiSTknits on etsy.comI’ve learned a lot about myself over the past year.

I’ve learned that 3 shops on Etsy – in addition to a full time day job, family and life – are just too much for me to handle right now… And that it’s ok to let go…

For this reason, I’ve decided to place my third shop, JiSTwireKnits, on semi-permanent vacation.

Antique Brass cuff bracelet hand knit wire with cherry jasper beads and a bar clasp available at JiSTknits on etsy.comOver the course of the next few weeks, most of the wire knit jewelry that is currently available in that shop, will be moved to one of my two original shops – JiSTknits and JiSTglass. Items that are knit of wire and may feature beads, will land in JiSTknits and those with a bit of a stained glass element will be available in JiSTglass.

gold glass nugget knit wire necklace from JiSTknitsJewelry on Etsy – and in the retail world for that matter – is a very competitive segment. The online shop never really gained traction, although I’ve had modest success with my work at area craft shows. Maybe jewelry is too personal an item to sell simply through photographs and description. Who knows.

So, that being said, please do visit JiSTknits and JiSTglass… and let me know what you think!


An Extraordinary Discovery

The Chicago Bean in Millennium ParkHave you ever spent time in a new place, wandering aimlessly from your hotel with a vague destination in mind only to come across something extraordinary that you wouldn’t have expected?

My husband, Marty and I spent a weekend last fall in Chicago – I attended Vogue Knitting Live which was amazing in itself, and he arranged a business trip to keep me company. Saturday afternoon, after my knitting classes were over, we set out from our hotel in search of lunch and to see some of the sites along the way.

Our first discovery was The Cloud Gate, AKA “The Bean” in Millennium Park. As you approach this enormous sculpture, you notice the brilliant reflection of the sky, the city and the people walking around it. As you get closer, the images multiply and absorb your like no other…

We continued walking – we do a lot of walking when we are exploring a new place – to the Navy Pier for lunch. We followed a young couple who looked like they knew where they were going… after a couple of backtracks, twists and turns, we reached the pier and learned just how windy the windy city could be!

Navy Pier Chicago against the beautiful blue skyThe day was beautiful but very brisk. We walked along the pier with the wind in our faces, shivering but in awe of the beautiful blue sky and interesting scenery.

Stopping for lunch on the pier, we spoke with our waitress about the area, the people and the pier. She mentioned a Stained Glass Museum which immediately peaked my interest… Stained Glass museum on the Navy Pier? Ok…?

After lunch we decided to walk down the indoor walkway to stay a little warmer. We left the restaurant, turned right and…

Holy copper foil Batman!

An original Tiffany window on display at Navy Pier ChicagoModern… Abstract… Religious Iconology… Tiffany!  Beautiful.

The Stained Glass Museum is a free exhibit which lines the interior hallway of the Navy Pier. It is organized by genre and artist… and magnificent! Enjoy!

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and of course, because we are in Chicago… Michael Jordan!Michael Jordan Stained Glass Window at the Stained Glass Museum in Chicago



Yeah! Spring!

‘A POP of Color in PA’ by JiSTdesigns

Yeah!!! Spring!!!

Dude Card in Pink


Wearing of the Green – Small…


Yellow and Black Sakura Kanz…


Tropicana orange watercolor …


Barbie Pink Shaggy Loops Ear…


Apple Green T Shirt Leg Warm…


Golden Woodgrain Profile – A…


Shades of Sunny Orange Stain…


Upcycled Snail Rattle


Czech Glass Necklace, Green …


Flowers, Hearts, Bokeh – Mum…


Red Rose Shawl or Scarf Pin


Abstract Pink Glass Heart Pe…


Gorgeous Opaque Green Earrin…


Luxe Body Wash Trio, 8 oz ea…


Packet in Arabian Spice Leat…


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.


A “Make it work” moment or perhaps… Just Do It!

The concepts materialize.. the words flow brilliantly…

And then I step out of the shower… crap!

What was I thinking? What did I want to say? What was that phrase that sounded so eloquent a moment ago?
Turn the water back on! Help!

I spend my weekdays creating blog posts, newsletter articles, advertisements, coupons… all for my day job.
When I get home in the evening, in front of the computer is the last place I want to be.
Give me a set of knitting needles, some yarn and maybe some beads and I’m happy. Relaxed.

On the weekends, cleaning, errands, baking, creating stained glass items for my other etsy shop… more knitting… again… staying away from the computer.

Well – that is about to change! New day, new leaf…