Jewel Tumas - weaver, soapmaker, and basketmaker at
Delectable Hills Farm.
Delectable Hills Farm is a small mountain farm in Bedford County Virginia.
We raise Toggenburg dairy goats, English Basket willow, garden crops and chickens.
Also I am 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.
Rag rugs are woven in historical patterns using cotton fabric. They are finished with a bound hem or twisted fringe.
I also weave towels, table runners and placemats and small blankets or throws.
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 demos at fairs and historical re-enactments.
Delectable Hills Farm is home to our herd of registered Toggenburg Dairy Goats.
We raise our goats for milk and breeding stock and often have kids to sell in spring.
Our Goat Milk Soaps are handmade from their goat's milk, natural oils and essential oils.
Juried Member of The Southern Highland Crafts Guild
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.
Member of the American Dairy Goat Association.
Featured in the July 2015 & 2016 issues of Early American Life Magazines
2018 Fine Craft Merit Award -60th Annual Roanoke Sidewalk Art Sale
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.