Hello! I am Jewel Tumas, the weaver at Delectable Hills Farm.
As a traditional handweaver, my heritage is from Scotland and my ancestors were involved in traditional fiber crafts.
I weave in the traditions of the Southern Highlands using local materials as much as possible as well as raising some of my own materials.
All of my products are created solely on hand looms using natural fibers of cotton, linen or wool, using traditional and historic weaving drafts.
I weave and sell 18th & 19th century coverlet hangings. These wall hangings are woven in historically documented coverlet patterns and finished with a rod pocket for hanging.
I also weave overshot coverlets in sizes to be used as small blankets or throws.
Full size coverlets can be special ordered.
Also I weave toweling in traditional patterns using cotton or linen.
My table runners are woven in cotton and or linen often using overshot patterning, and finishing with hand hemstitiching and twisted fringe.
Rag rugs are woven in log cabin weave and other historical patterns using cotton fabric. They can be finished with a hem or twisted fringe.
Handwoven blankets and throws are woven in cotton or wool in traditional weaves.
All of my handwoven items are utilitarian in nature and are useful and functional.
My work involves the strategic use of fiber and color as well as meticulous attention to historical details and technique.
I have been weaving for over 30 years and enjoy doing weaving demonstrations at local fairs and Colonial era re-enactments.
In addition to handwoven products, Delectable Hills Farm is home to a herd of registered Toggenburg Dairy Goats.
Our Goat Milk Soaps are handmade from their goat's milk, natural oils and essential oils.
Juried Member of The Southern Highland Crafts Guild
2018 Fine Craft Merit Award -60th Annual Roanoke Sidewalk Art Sale
Professional Member of The Handweavers Guild of America.
Juried Member of the Virginia Artisan Trail Network.
Juried member of the 2019 Directory of Traditional American Crafts by Early American Life Magazine.
Featured in the July 2015 issue of Early American Life, and pictured in the 2016 Directory.
National ARC Exhibition - 3 gallery pieces at Appalachian Regional Art offices - Washington DC - thru June 2020
National Juried Fiber Arts Exhibition - Bower Art Center, Bedford VA -thru Aug 17
New Members Exhibition -Southern Highland Craft Guild - Folk Art Center - Asheville NC - Sept 28, 2019 to Jan 20, 2020.