Jewel S. Tumas, a weaver, lives with her husband at Delectable Hills Farm, a 63-acre farm in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Living in a circa 1795 log home, Jewel is inspired by the history and weaving that is part of the heritage of the Appalachian Mountains.
Her love of historical weaving drafts as well as working in traditional fibers has led her to study historical textiles and reproduce table linens, rag and wool rugs, kitchen towels and other household textiles in primitive, colonial, and early American styles. She uses natural cotton, linen and wool fibers and traditional patterns that include huck lace, bird’s-eye, rosepath, Swedish lace, twill, basket weave, crackle, and waffle weave in both linen and cotton. She weaves on several large four- and eight-harness floor looms.
For more than 30 years, Tumas has been weaving and demonstrating at historical events, crafts shows, and fiber fairs including the Mount Vernon Colonial Market and Waterford Homes Tour and Crafts Show. Her work is in many private collections. She also does custom orders for private homes, museums, and historical sites.
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