Jewel S. Tumas, who has been weaving for more than 30 years, is descended from Scottish ancestors who worked in traditional fiber arts. Her weaving is in the tradition of the Southern Highlands, where she lives. She uses local materials as much as possible and produces some of her own wool, flax, and willow.
In her business, Delectable Hills Farm, Tumas produces rag rugs, sofa throws, pillows, towels, table runners, and placemats on hand looms based on traditional and historical weaving drafts. These items, all made from natural cotton, linen, or wool, are meant to be useful and functional.
She weaves some historical reproductions on commission, and she also creates Ruanas, a garment typical of the mountains of South America, woven in soft yarns and muted colors. All of her work involves the strategic use of fiber and color as well as meticulous attention to details and technique.
Tumas also enjoys demonstrating her weaving at the Mount Vernon Colonial Market Fair, the Waterford Fair, and colonial-era re-enactments. She has been named several times to the Directory of Traditional American Crafts and is also a member of the Handweavers Guild of America.
Artists appearing in the 20201 Directory of Traditional American Crafts have been selected, and the best of their handiwork has been photographed at Cedar Grove, an 18th Century house museum operated by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Look for the Directory in our August 2021 issue.
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