Suzanne Kniceley is among the newest artisans at Tamarack with colorful textile creations from her homegrown business, Kniceley Sewn.
"It was humbling," she said of her selection. "I am so honored to be there."
Kniceley, 28, makes a wide range of purses and accessories as well as children's clothing, toys and custom orders.
"I make pretty much anything that can be sewn," she said.
She began sewing during childhood and continued to nurture that creative passion over the years until it turned into a business three years ago. She operates Kniceley Sewn out of the living room of her Shinnston home.
"I started sewing at age 6," she said. "My mom and both my grandmothers sewed. Mom made everything for me from outfits to homecoming dresses. We reupholstered chairs together."
When her first child was born, she decided to make unique children's clothing.
"My daughter was born in 2009 and I wanted her to have clothing you couldn't find anywhere else," she said.
Instead of pastels, she made children's clothing in bold prints and patterns. Her love for the colorful spills over into the purses, wallets and clutches she offers at Tamarack.
Her bestseller is a spacious cinched hobo bag called "Petunia." It features a thick strap woven through 16 metal eyelets and is designed to allow the user to shrink or expand the purse depending on its contents. She also offers the "Phoebe," a heavier and larger purse that some use as a travel bag. This one is a 10- to 12-hour project made with 60 fabric pieces that are cut, ironed, trimmed and assembled.
Her husband, William, an accountant, has been a big supporter of her work and has often encouraged her to try new projects.
"He suggested I try purses and aprons," she said. "It was a big learning curve. Purses are their own little evil. They require fabric, stabilizer, interfacing and hardware. I really love them."