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

Lily Crocheted Bedspreads: 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;

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;

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;

Crochet 'County Fair': 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

Lily Tablecloths for the Seasons: Design Book No. 57, by Esther Parnell Hewlett (TPB:1953)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Lily Edgings: Design Book No. 58, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:195?) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Table Doilies: 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...

Calla Lily Crochet Designs: Book No. 65, 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

Lily Filet Crochet: Design Book No. 66, by Esther Parnell Hewlett (TPB:1953)
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Lily Doilies: 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

Lily Motifs in Crochet: 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

Doilies & Edgings to Tat & Crochet: Lily Design Book No. 70, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:195?) Book Review Popup Window
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: 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...

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

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

???: Lily Design Book No. 102, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:19??)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Doilies: Lily Design Book No. 201, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1961) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 33 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns. It's also a half-sized book

Crocheted Bedspreads & Novelties: Lily Design Book No. 203, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1961) 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: Lily Design Book No. 204, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:1961) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 33 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:1963) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 35 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Craft Co., NJ; ISBN: None;

Tablecloths and Bedspreads: 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: 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: 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..

Knit & Crochet with Lily Rug Yarn: 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..

Lily Pot Holders and Oven Mitts: 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: Design Book No. 400, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:19??) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Fluff Rugs Made With Lily Rug Yarn: Book No. 600, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:19??) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Lily: Design Book No. 700-E, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:194?) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 15 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Lily Crocheted Bedspreads: Design Book No. 900, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:19??) Book Review Popup Window
Notes: 23 pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Lily Crochet House: Design Book No. 1000, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:19??)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;
This book has no tatting patterns

Lily Portraits in Crochet: Design Book No. 1100, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:19??) 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: 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

Crocheted Rugs: Lily Book No. 1400, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:194?)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

How To Make Slip Covers and Draperies: Lily Book No. 1500, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:194?)
Notes: ?? pages; Country: USA; Publisher: Lily Mills Co., Shelby, NC; ISBN: None;

Doilies to Treasure: Lily Book No. 1600, by Lily Mills Co. (TPB:194?) 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: Lily 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...

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