Shabby Motley opened in October 2013, in downtown Sault Ste. Marie. Half craft store, half café, Shabby Motley combines all of our favourite things, including coffee, yarn, yummy food, and hanging out with friends.
We specialize in natural fibres and yarns for knitting, crocheting, spinning felting. We have the region’s largest selection of knitting needles and notions.
Our café has a full barista menu, featuring exclusively Fair Trade and Organic coffees and teas from Saint Joeseph Island Coffee Roasters.
We have a “pro-loitering” environment, for crafters to meet new friends and be inspired by one another. We had no idea how meaningful our weekly knitting, crochet, and spinning groups would become to crafter of all ages, including many who are new-to-the-Sault.
In addition to our weekly (free) groups, we have monthly classes available for knitting, crocheting, felting, spinning, beading, and embroidery.
Where did the name Shabby Motley come from? It’s a family name. Just kidding. In Neil Gaiman’s book Neverwhere, a passing reference is made about a “Jester dressed in Shabby Motley”, and we decided this could be a design term, similar to “shabby chic” but with a neo-Victorian, steampunk edge. We thought it was a perfect fit for the shop.