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
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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I’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.
Over 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.
Jewelry 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!
Glass and fiber couldn’t be more different. Sharp, clear, rigid… soft, lofty, pliable.
But something draws me to both of them equally. Design ideas flow from one medium to the other as a new knitted cable design might inspire a stained glass picture frame or the texture in a sheet of glass triggers a knitted poncho design.
I’ve been known to literally walk through a yarn store scribbling ideas for a glass vase or picture frame, talking to myself or anyone around who will listen about the idea and its possibilities. They think I’m nuts!
The colors of autumn (she writes on an 80 degree May day!) inspire a wonderful frame and fingerless gloves simultaneously. The gloves were fun to create with glass beads knitted into the lace design. The picture frame contains a photo from my daughter’s wedding… a not so traditional frame for a wedding photo.
I must admit, it is easier to knit most days. Working on stained glass takes time and energy. It takes planning. Knitting is a relaxing-in-the-evening activity. It travels well.
Stained glass… not so much…
But I’m drawn to both and will some day figure out a way to combine the two… stay tuned!