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Where are the Jewish crafters?

I like to knit and do crafts. Really. I think it’s partially because normally I’m doing all these technology-related things like learning about what’s new in technology and teaching it to somebody else and sometimes I just want to do something with my hands that isn’t typing or mousing. I also get super bitten by the craft and create bug in the fall. Something about fibers and colors in the fall I guess. Anyway, I started checking out some craft and knit blogs and now I’m wondering – where are the Jewish crafters? I know y’all must be out there…

I want to add “Jewish art and craft” or something like that to my blog roll. But where are the Jewish crafters? And do they blog?

I checked out Etsy and searched for Jewish, figuring that would be a good way to find some Jewish crafters. I did find some by using “Jewish” as a search term (I am so clever). But I also discovered that Etsy doesn’t list websites, so I can’t really follow up that way.

Must find . . . Jewish crafters.

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October 13, 2007 - Posted by | Craft

18 Comments »

  1. I was just asking myself the same question. I put “Jewish crafter” into http://search.blogger.com and found you. I’m 65 and live in the Bronx. I was a computer administrator and when I retired was eager to do something that was more lasting than my computer knowledge. Of course! papercrafts!

    Comment by Lora Frisch | October 16, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hey Lora! I checked out your blog. There must be more of us!

    Comment by Debbie Harris | October 16, 2007 | Reply

  3. I found a yahoo group called J-CRAFTS. I joined and found no one has mentioned rubber stamping on the group since 2005! I hope I can find a few stampers. There is a Jewishstampers yahoo group and when Ruth Hindin ran it I belonged, but lost interest when the ownership changed.

    Comment by Lora Frisch | October 21, 2007 | Reply

  4. Hi Debbie,

    I’m a Jewish knitter. I also joined J-Craft yahoo group, but have been disappointed in its lack of activity. Although I have no blog, I LOVE lurking around others’.

    I live in a small town in south central Texas with virtually no other Jewish people, so I like to stay connected as best I can.

    I am currently waiting for my invite to Ravelry, maybe that will give us another way to find MOT.

    Robin Schriefer
    New Braunfels, TX

    Comment by Robin Schriefer | October 25, 2007 | Reply

  5. I am bemoaning the lack of community for Jews-who-craft! I would love a place to share ideas, photos of finished objects and all that. I get frustrated when I buy craft magazines (especially this time of the year) and they’re packed with ornaments, etc.

    Comment by Debbie Harris | October 25, 2007 | Reply

  6. I don’t craft too much any longer but quilt. IF you are able to contact Robin from New Braunfels, let her know there are other Jews nearby. I live in Corpus Christi.

    Comment by Marla | October 25, 2007 | Reply

  7. If you check out my blog, you will find lots of various things. Plus if you find my delicious I have TONS of links.
    DrMOm

    Comment by DrMom | October 26, 2007 | Reply

  8. I am also a Jewish Crafter in my 60’s. It has been hard during the years to see the availability of Judica disappear. Recently I tried to make a Chuppa for DD#1 and although I did have some help from the J-craft yahoo group, there was not much out there. I wish that there is some more interest.

    Comment by Esther Roe | October 26, 2007 | Reply

  9. Have you checked if there’s a Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework chapter near you? http://www.pomegranateguild.org/index.html

    Comment by Lillian | November 5, 2007 | Reply

  10. I’m really more interested in finding Jewish crafters with an online presence…

    Comment by Debbie Harris | November 5, 2007 | Reply

  11. hi! I’m a Jewish (paper)crafter with a blog. My blog covers anything I do, not just Judaic, but I’m pretty sure I’d turn off most of my readership pretty quickly if all I did was Jewish stuff. I also design for Ruth’s Jewish Stamps and Shalom Scrapper papers, so I’ve got links to those on my blog, plus to Diversity Designs (which has links to some other Judaic companies), Be Blessed and Zsiage (which have Judaic lines amongst their other ones…) If you get GiftMaker or CardMaker magazines, some of my work for Kandi Corp can be found in the special-holiday-section of this year’s holiday issues, including a page of Chanukah projects (some paper, some other altered stamp crafts). I found YOUR site while looking for other Jewish crafters online as well!

    Comment by Lynn Anne | November 22, 2007 | Reply

  12. uhm..just saw that I’m linked under your ‘crafters’ links…are you that fast, or should I have poked around more before posting? rofl! I’ve given you some linky love on my blog now – glad to have found you!

    Comment by Lynn Anne | November 22, 2007 | Reply

  13. He he…

    I am that fast! (and I’m procrastinating because I’d rather lie in bed, surf and watch Sara Moulton make stuffing than make my own…).

    Comment by Debbie Harris | November 22, 2007 | Reply

  14. Hi Debbie,

    I was wondering the same thing (where are all the Jewish crafters?) We have so much culture and such a rich heritage and yet what keeps popping up are magen dovids, dreildles and Menorahs (not that theres anything wrong with that) and everything else is relatively hard to find. THis post is actually a request.. Im in the middle of starting an online business catering to Jewish creative types (and/or those appreciating creativity). Right now the business/site focuses on custom labeled kosher wine (www.SimchaBottlingCo.com) but Id really like to do something more and Im looking for partners to do it. Take a look at the site – Id love to know what you think.

    Thanks, good post and thanks for the blog 🙂

    Comment by Annita | November 25, 2008 | Reply

  15. We exist.. but we are all over. Check out my blog to find “us.”

    Comment by Toby | February 21, 2009 | Reply

  16. Dear Debbie,
    Wow, I was wondering the exact same thing, I googled Jewish crafters and I found you and all these other people looking for the same. I live in Tel Aviv (I’m originally from Chicago and our girls’ godparents live in Northbrook!). I have a children’s boutique in Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv where I make everything by hand and I’m making a website now to show how I do it. I know that on Etsy, you can find other Israeli’s by looking at the location information. One of us need to establish ourselves as the “Jewish Martha Stewart”!
    Laura Burch

    Comment by Laura Burch | January 2, 2010 | Reply

  17. hello from White Oak Pa!! I am a Jewish Quilter and Crafter. I am also a budding craft show promoter and am looking to establish a Jewish Crafter’s Market here in the Southwest of Pittsburgh. I am looking for crafters to build up my data base/ contact list and would love to see just what our Communities craft!!

    Comment by Melissa Keil | November 25, 2013 | Reply

  18. Hi Debbie!
    I have been crafting all my life, and recently, i turned my hobby into a start up business. I got involved in handmade Jewish greeting cards which lead me to manufacture my own line of Jewish themed clear stamps. Check out my website http://www.shalomstamps.com and spread the word!
    Best,
    Miriam Hersh

    Comment by Miriam Hersh | March 22, 2014 | Reply


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