LILY MILLS COMPANY, Shelby, NC

John Schenck founded this mill in 1903 as Lily Mill and Power Company. It took advantage of its proximity to the local cotton growers and produced a huge range of threads and yarns. Like all the other thread mills, they developed their own line of instruction books for weaving, crochet, knitting tatting, rug hooking - any fiber art that would help sell their yarns. In the late 1940's, Lily Mills built a relationship with the Penland School of Crafts by cofounding the Lily Loom House. Weavers still attend classes there. The Penland School of Crafts was founded in 1929 and is known as both the largest and the oldest professional crafts school in the USA. They are best known for their pottery and weaving courses.

I'm still trying to find a news article on when Lily Mills Company finally shut its doors. I know there was a massive slow down in the textile industry in the mid-seventies.
The few instruction books that I have by Lily Mills were published in the 1940's and '50's. I have only a small handful of them, but will eventually make a more concerted effort to find more. When I do, I'll have this page set up and ready to receive them. I've got the ones I do have reviewed here.

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Bibliography Entries

Crocheted Bedspreads: Lily Direction Book No. 5-B, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1935)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Cotton Sportswear for Spring and Summer: Crocheted and Knitted: Lily Book No. 6A, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1935)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Crocheted Bedspreads & Novelties: Lily Direction Book No. 6B, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1937)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Hand Knit & Crochet Fashions for Fall and Winter: Lily Book No. 7A, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1935?)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Crocheted Bedspreads: Lily Book No. 7-B, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1937) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Crocheted and Knit Sportswear for Spring and Summer: Advance Fashions: Lily Book No. 8A, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1936)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Crocheted Bedspreads: Lily Direction Book No. 8-B, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1937?)
Notes: 18 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Hand Knits for All Occasions: Lily Book No. 10-A, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1937?)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Edgings: Crocheted, Knitted, Tatted: Lily Design Book No. 21, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1949) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 27 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Sweaters: Socks, Gloves and Other Designs in Lily Knitting Worsted and Lily Sportswear Yarn: Lily Design Book No. 22, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1949)
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Gifts, Novelties & Toys: Lily Design Book No. 23, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1949) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 27 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Crocheted Bedspreads: Lily Direction Book No. 45B, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1937?)
Notes: 18 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Crochet 'County Fair': Lily Design Book No. 51, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1950) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Flower Garden Doilies: Lily Design Book No. 52, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1950) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Crocheted & Knitted Kitchen Craft: Design Book No. 53, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1950) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Rugs: Needlepoint, Crocheted, Hooked, Fluff: Lily Design Book No. 54, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1950)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Lily's Hooked Rug Album: Lily Design Book No. 55, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1950)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Sunbonnet Lil: Lily Crochet Design Book No. 56, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1950)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Tablecloths for the Seasons: Lily Crochet Design Book No. 57, by Esther Parnell Hewlett (TPB:1951)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Edgings: Crocheted, Tatted: Lily Design Book No. 58, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1951?) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Pot Holders and Oven Mitts: Lily Design Book No. 59, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1951?)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Table Doilies: Lily Crochet Design Book No. 60, by Esther Parnell Hewlett (TPB:1951) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
There's a Table Doily Set called "Crocheted Tatting" that mimics the look of tatting pretty well...

Knitting with Nylkara: LilyDesign Book No. 61, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1951)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Sugar 'N Cream Crochet Favorites: Lily Crochet Design book No. 62, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1952)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Fair, Bazaar and Gift Crocheting: Lily Design Book No. 63, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1952)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Let's Dress the Baby: Lily Crochet Design Book No. 64, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1951)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Calla Lily: Crochet Designs: Lily Design Book No. 65, by Esther Parnell Hewlett (TPB:1952) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Filet Crochet: Lily Design Book No. 66, by Esther Parnell Hewlett (TPB:1952)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Doilies: Lily Design Book No. 67, by Esther Parnell Hewlett (TPB:1953) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Motifs in Crochet: Lily Design Book No. 68, by Esther Parnell Hewlett (TPB:1953) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Knitting Favorites: Lily Design Book No. 69, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1953)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Doilies & Edgings to Tat & Crochet: Lily Design Book No. 70, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1953) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Roses in Crochet: Lily Crochet Design Book No. 71, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1953)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

A New Look in Crochet: Fair and Bazaar Winners: Design Book No. 72, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1954)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Old Favorites in Crocheted Bedspreads: Lily Design Book No. 73, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1954)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Wrought Iron Crochet: Lily Design Book No. 74, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1954) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This booklet is crochet only...

Modern Crochet with Lily Double Quick: Household Items and Fashion Accessories: Lily Design Book No. 75, by Esther Parnell Hewlett, Emma L. Shields (TPB:1954) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This booklet is crochet only...

Doilies: Lily Design Book No. 76, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1955)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Edgings and Laces: Lily Design Book No. 77, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1955) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
It has 5 "Crochet Tatting" patterns that are not "Cro-Tatting" but faux tatting

Milk Glass Crochet: Lily Design Book No. 78, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1956)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Doilies: Lily Design Book No. 79, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1956)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Crochet Goes Modern with Lily Jute-tone: Design Book No. 80, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1957)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Cutwork Crochet: Lily Design Book No. 81, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1957)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Embossed Filet Crochet: Lily Design Book No. 82, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1958)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Doilies for That Extra Touch: Place Mats, Chair Sets, Centerpieces, Buffet Scarf, Vanity Set: Lily Design Book No. 83, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1958)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

A Booklet of Unique Novelty Designs Created Exclusively for Daisy Crochet and Lily Mercrochet Cotton: Lily Booklet No. 100, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1936)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Crocheted Novelties and Bedspreads: Lily Book No. 101, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1937)
Notes: 19 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Crocheted Bedspreads, Tablecloth and Novelties, Lily Daisy Book No. 102, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1939?)
Notes: 19 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Tablecloths and Bedspreads: Lily Design Book No. 200, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1959)
Notes: 19 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Doilies: Lily Design Book No. 201, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1960) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 35 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns. It's also a half-sized book

Crocheting with Lily Cotton Rug Yarn: Lily Design Book No. 202, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1961)
Notes: 35 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Crocheted Bedspreads & Novelties Featuring Daisy Cotton: Lily Book No. 203, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1937-48) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 19 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns.

Popular Crochet: Doilies, Centerpieces, Vanity Sets, Luncheon Sets, Buffet Sets: Lily Design Book No. 203, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1961-62)
Notes: 35 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Popular Crochet: Doilies, Edgings, Chair Sets: Lily Design Book No. 204, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1961) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 35 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns. It's also a half-sized book

Edgings: Crocheted, Knitted, Tatted: Design Book No. 205, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1961-62) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 35 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Craft Co., NJ; ISBN: None;

Learn How to Crochet, Knit, Embroider, Tat, Swedish Weave: Learn How Book, a Self-teacher for Beginning and Fancy Stitches: Lily Design Book No. 206, by Susanne Jackson Hedrick (TPB:1962)
Notes: 67 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Craft Co., NJ; ISBN: None;

Tablecloths and Bedspreads: Lily Design Book No. 207, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1963) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 35 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Craft Co., NJ; ISBN: None;
No tatting patterns in this one..

Doilies: Place Mats, Vanity Set, Centerpieces: Lily Design Book No. 208, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1963) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 35 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Craft Co., NJ; ISBN: None;
No tatting patterns in this one..

Doilies to Treasure: Lily Design Book No. 209, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1963) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 35 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Craft Co., NJ; ISBN: None;
No tatting patterns in this one..

Old Favorites in Crocheted Bedpsreads: Lily Design Book No. 210, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1964-69)
Notes: 35 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Craft Co., NJ; ISBN: None;

Knit & Crochet with Lily Rug Yarn: Lily Design Book No. 211, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1963) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 35 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Craft Co., NJ; ISBN: None;
No tatting patterns in this one..

Macramé & Crochet with Lily Jute-Tone: Lily Design Book No. 212, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1975)
Notes: 35 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Craft Co., NJ; ISBN: None;

Fashion Pretty Macramé: Lily Design Book No. 213, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1975)
Notes: 35 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Craft Co., NJ; ISBN: None;

Fashions & Furnishings with Lily Yarns: Lily Design Book No. 214, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1975-76)
Notes: 35 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Craft Co., NJ; ISBN: None;

Pot Holders and Oven Mitts: Lily Design Book No. 215, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1963) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Craft Co., NJ; ISBN: None;
No tatting patterns in this one..

Lily Conservation Book: Book No. 250, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:19??)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Easy to Crochet Table Cloths, Luncheon Sets, Runners: Lily Design Book No. 400, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1937-47) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

New Ideas in Rug Yarn for the Home: Lily Direction Book No. 400, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1940?)
Notes: 19 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Fluff Rugs Made with Lily Rug Yarn: Lily Book No. 600, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1941) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Rugs to Live With: Crochet and Fluff Rugs Easy to Make with Lily Rug Yarn: Lily Direction Book No. 601, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1949)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Craft Co., NJ; ISBN: None;

Crochet & Tatted Edgings: Lily Design Book No. 700-E, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1941?) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Pom-Pon and Fluff Rugs Made with Lily Rug Yarn: Lily Book No. 800, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1941)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Craft Co., NJ; ISBN: None;

Crocheted Bedspreads: Lily Design Book No. 900, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1941-42?) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Crochet House: Useful Articles for Every Room - Every Gift Occasion: Lily Design Book No. 1000, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:19??) , by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1942)
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Portraits in Crochet: Lily Design Book No. 1100, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1943?) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Lily's Album of Crocheted Designs for You and Your Home: Lovely Gift Items, Too: Lily Design Book No. 1200, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1944) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 27 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Crochet: 42 Items of Beauty and Lasting Quality: Illustrated, Explicit Instructions: Lily Book No. 1300, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1945)
Notes: 27 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Craft Co., NJ; ISBN: None;

Crocheted Rugs: Lily Book No. 1400, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1946?)
Notes: 18 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

How To Make Slip Covers and Draperies: Also Curtains and Other Fabric Accessories: Lily Book No. 1500, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1946)
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Doilies to Treasure: Lily Book No. 1600, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1946-47?) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Crochet for Today, Tomorrow and Always: Lily Direction Book No. 1700, by Esther Parnell Hewlett (TPB:1947) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 27 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Decorating With Crochet: Designs with Daisy Crochet Cottons, Lily Six Cord and Lily Skytone: Lily Direction Book No. 1800, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1948) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 27 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has 7 narrow tatted edging patterns hidden in it, as well as 5 nice knitted doilies, otherwise it's crochet as advertised...

Baby Book of Hand Knit and Crocheted Originals: Lily Direction Book No. 1900, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1948)
Notes: 27 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Craft Co., NJ; ISBN: None;

Crocheted Bedspreads: Lily Direction Book No. 2000, by Esther Parnell Hewlett (TPB:1948)
Notes: 27 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Craft Co., NJ; ISBN: None;

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