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07Oct/17

Skippack Days

So excited to participate in Skippack Days on Saturday, October  7 from 9am to 6pm and Sunday October 8 from 10am to 6pm! My booth will be in the parking lot of Classic Lighting and Accessories on Rt. 73, Skippack Pike just east of the Wawa.

I’ll have JiSTglass stained glass items as well as JiSTjewels jewelry and more!

Hope to see you there!

Peridot tree of life pendant cropped to fit jistdesigns blogstained glass box created by jill tarabar for jistglass will be available for purchase at Skippack Days on Saturday and Sunday October 7 and 8 in Skippack PA

 

20Sep/17
stained glass peace sign, tree of life mantle art, wire knit jewelry and more will be for sale at the Peace Fair on Sept 23, 2017

Peace Fair – Saturday, September 23

Peace. Is it black and white? Shades of gray? or Rainbow colors?

Explore all the shades of Peace on Saturday, September 23 at the Peace Fair. Located in Lahaska PA at Buckingham Friends Meeting on Rt 202/263, just south of Peddler’s Village from 10:30 am to 4 pm! Hope to see you there!

Peace Fair 2017 is located at Buckingham Friends Meeting in Lahaska, PA on Saturday, September 23 from 10:30am to 4pm

31Aug/17
Lime Cuff Bracelet, Wire Knit Cuff Bracelet, Swarovski Pearl Bracelet, Wire and Bead Cuff Bracelet, Wide green bracelet, knit wire jewelry by JiSTjewels on Etsy

Summer’s not over yet! Labor Day Sale

I’m participating in Etsy’s site-wide sale though Monday, September 4… Labor Day! Take 15% off any item in my JiSTjewels shop! No coupon code necessary

Here is a sampling of the items you might find…

ZigZag Dangle Earrings, Wire Wrap Earrings, Turquoise Earrings, teal drop earring, Geometric earring, Silver dangle earring, crystal jewelry at JiSTjewels on Etsy

ZigZag Dangle Earrings with faceted turquoise crystal beads

Emerald Green earrings, Hand Knit Wire Earrings, Kelly Green Glass Dangle Earrings, boho earrings, green wire knit jewelry, drop jewelry at JiSTjewels on Etsy

Glass nuggets encased in knit wire! Emerald green glass sparkles when light shines though it!

Lime Cuff Bracelet, Wire Knit Cuff Bracelet, Swarovski Pearl Bracelet, Wire and Bead Cuff Bracelet, Wide green bracelet, knit wire jewelry by JiSTjewels on Etsy

A fabulous lime wire knit cuff bracelet with assorted color Swarovski Crystal Pearls knit in by Jill Tarabar of JiSTjewels on Etsy

Magenta Drop Earrings, Wire Knit Drop Beads, Hand Knit Wire earrings, Geometric drop earrings, hot pink earrings, triangle drop earrings by Jill Tarabar for JiSTjewels on Etsy

Hot Pink and Fabulous! Hand knit wire with ceramic silver tone triangles. Very geometric, very cool.

14Aug/16
Skillshare course image knit a mobius with beads as taught by Jill Tarabar of JiSTknits

Learn From Me!

Years ago, I taught an Intro to Stained Glass class through our local adult ed program. This weekly course was fun as I was able to share my knowledge with adult students eager to learn a new skill. It was rather exhausting though as I needed to carry crates of glass, tools and supplies back and forth each week.

I recently took a leap of faith and jumped back in to the teaching mode. I’ve recorded my first video lessons for Skillshare.com, and awesome website that allows folks with some knowledge to share those skills with folks who are curious and anxious to learn. The class is set up in “bite-sized” chunks… short videos that you can watch over and over.

Skillshare classes are designed to be project-based, so my first class introduces the skills needed to knit a Mobius Infinity Cowl! You only really need to know how to complete a knit stitch. The class will cover these 3 additional skills:

  • Provisional Crochet Cast-on
  • Adding Beads as you knit
  • Kitchener Stitch

Skillshare is a subscription-based website which allows you to view unlimited video classes with membership. Click here to register for my class and get 3 months of Skillshare Premium for only $0.99 for unlimited access to this and thousands of online classes. Also included in my written pattern for a Mobius Cowl which you can also find in my JiSTknits Etsy Shop.

Here is the introduction video… Let me know what you think!

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06Mar/16
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

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26Jan/15

They call me a Fearless Knitter

And this is why…

What is the most challenging project you’ve ever thought about knitting? A sweater with shaping and sleeves? A lace shawl? A handbag?

I’ve started a project that is huge in so many ways… It’s really big… and really important!

I’m knitting a Chuppah cover for the wedding of my son and his wonderful fiancé!

For those of you who don’t know, a Chuppah is the structure under which a Jewish bride and groom wed. Often a simple fabric covering provided by a synagogue, florist or the wedding venue, in our case it will be a combination of hand knit cables, lace, bobbles and beads!

As you can imagine, it will need to be large. Not only do the bride and groom stand under the chuppah but also the rabbi and cantor, and sometimes even the parents of the bride and groom! We’re talking 8′ x 8′ minimum for the “roof” and then at least another 12″ draping down around all 4 sides…. that’s 10 ft. by 10 ft. of knitted fabric! Yikes!

Step 1: How much yarn will it take to knit a 10′ x 10′ (or more) square?

30Nov/14

ShipFREE Cyber Monday thru Dec. 14th!

December… De-summerJiSTdesigns offers free shipping from Cyber Monday (Dec. 1) through  ill-timed summer vacation ending on Sunday, Dec. 14

What happens when you plan a vacation… your summer vacation… for the first week in December? Free shipping, that’s what!

Yes. My vacation is ill-timed for an artist selling online, but it has been planned for over a year and (yeah!) it’s here!

So beginning on Cyber Monday, December 1 through Sunday, December 14, I’m offering FREE domestic shipping on any items purchased in either of my etsy shops.

Shop JiSTknits on Etsy!  Shop JiSTglass on Etsy!

Please be aware that all items purchased (after Dec. 3) will ship on Monday, December 15.

If you are interested in a Chanukah Menorah, please do purchase before December 3 to insure delivery before Chanukah begins!

Thank you and Happy De-summer!

18Aug/14

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!

01Feb/14

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!