Cool fibres, warm buns and hot coffee. Oh my! (16 Photos)Tuesday, October 08, 2013 by: Steffanie Petroni
Knitting in Sault Ste. Marie just got a whole lot swankier.
The long awaited debut of Shabby Motley Handcrafts took place recently.
Owner, Ashleigh Sauve, was inspired to open the store when she was knitting her way through her recent maternity leave.
“I was knitting and felting and turning out finished products and I thought there should be a store for this sort of thing.”
As someone who was doing a lot of knitting and speaking to other knitters, Sauve identified that providing a selection of natural fibers like wool, alpaca, silk and different types of exotic yarn would fill a gap in the community.
“People are leaving town or ordering on-line to buy this sort of thing.”
Sauve has stocked the shelves in her gorgeous downtown shop with a myriad of such natural fibers but she’s not just about knitting.
In addition to supplies to satiate the appetites of felters and knitters alike Sauve will be carrying locally made goods for sale.
She is intending to offer formal classes in the New Year and hoping to offer one class in November for beginner knitters- a knit-a-scarf-before-Christmas type of class.
But more so Sauve has created a comfortable and warm ambiance that invites the customer to linger.
She has added a café element in the shop and will be carrying St. Joe’s Island coffee and Tula’s, formerly ‘A Taste of Scandia’, baking.
It is a perfect gathering place to enjoy a hot coffee and warm bun and peruse your new magazine about wild fibers or to get comfy on the couch with your knitting and to pick up a few tips from Sauve and the other like-minded folk hanging around.
So what’s the cool name all about?
Sauve explained, “My favourite author, aside from Jane Austen, is Neil Gaimen, who is nothing like Jane Austen. He’s a science fiction sort of fantasy author and he wrote a book called Neverwhere. He’s sort of a post-apocalyptic kind of author, sort of steampunky. He was describing a character in the book as having a shabby motley coat referring to patchwork but with stylized angles. My friend decided that this should be a design term not just some reference in a book. Shabby Motley is like shabby chic but with a neo-Victorian steampunk edge.”
She giggles and then adds, “I don’t want to be mistaken for Martha Stewart here.”