Tuesday, June 23, 2009
A Yarn Store in Venezia (Venice)
Last week I went to Venice with friends visiting from California. It was their first trip and so we were all excited.
Last fall when I was here doing research while on sabbatical, I had seen a yarn store, but given the labyrinth of Venezian streets, I had little hope of finding it again, and I had been remiss in taking down the address. By chance, in our wanderings, we did come across the yarn store. It is near Palazzo Fortuny and beside Campo Manin. Fortuny was a designer of the early 20th century, and of course, his museum was a stop on our meanderings.
The yarn store is called Lellabella, and it is named after the owner Lella. The name of the store translates to beautiful Lella, and indeed Lella was. She (on the right) and her daughter Monica (on the left) run the business and they were delightful. Monica speaks very good English and Lella speaks some. As a team, they design and knit all their own models (samples) in the shop.
As you can see here from photos, the yarns are scrumptious, the owners are “bella”, and the samples are great! Make sure you visit with them if you get to Venice!
Calle della Mandola (Della Cortesia)
San Marco 3718
041 522 51 52
Some of Lelle's and Monica's original designs
Views from inside the store