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.