Welcome to Tadfield Traditions, where everything is handmade with love and great attention to detail. My name is Jessica.

I have been fascinated by traditional craft my whole life and have always wanted to "try it all." My endeavors have included sewing, X-stitch, embroidery, needlepoint, latch hooking, rug hooking, quilting, painting, drawing, ceramics, print-making, wood carving, beading, scrap booking, drop spindle spinning, knitting, loom weaving, basket making, paper quilling, button weaving, wheat weaving, tin punching, and origami.

Although I have a BA in photography and a minor in art history, I am predominately self-taught when it comes to craft.

My focus in recent years has shifted to Christmas ornaments. I love Christmas. No, I mean, really love it. I'm one of those people who starts planning in January and drinks coffee in Christmas mugs all year. I love to read about Christmas history and the various traditions and symbols as they've evolved through the ages. It was an aha moment when I realized that whenever I learned a new technique my first thought was, "How can I use this to make a Christmas ornament?" Creative paths are always evolving and my own journey is heading in the direction of making more small batch, handmade Christmas ornaments using traditional techniques, symbolism, and history.

I live in historic New Bedford, MA with my husband, Rick, 2 cats named Merry & Pippin, and a dog named Coco. I have a private studio in the Cummings Building above the restaurant, No Problemo. If you wish to know more about me, follow me on Instagram or Facebook. I post once a day, nearly every day. Meet my cats, my dog, see pictures of my home, my studio, my city, and lots of images of the changing seasons here in New England.

Jessica L. Smith

c. 2020