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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lily Mills Design Book 76 - Doilies

It seems, of late, I've not been to great at blogging.  I'd recently said I was going start talking a bit more about individual patterns, or perhaps pattern categories and not detail so many of the pattern books themselves.   AND, that did hold for a few minutes, and then I processed another book for the shop that just needed to be shared.    Here is it ....

Front Cover of Lily Mills Design Book 76

Daisy Ring Linen Doily, with crocheted wheel edgings and individual flower insertions in pastels 
graces the front cover.   

The pattern booklet itself, is just 15 pages.   It was obviously issued to promote their Mercerized Crochet Cottons, and Lily Mercrochet, which all the patterns call for.    Although the title indicated Doilies, there are a place mats in here, as well as a couple squares that could nicely be made in multiple to form larger cloths.

Ruffled Hairpin Lace Doily Pattern from Lily Mills
Ruffled Hairpin Lace Centerpiece -  A delightful combination of circles within circles, all worked 
with a hairpin staple and crochet hook.  The green and white combination just yells Spring. 

Crochet Centerpiece Doily Pattern, Rose Ruffled
Rose Ruffled Centerpiece - This is a most delicate rose doily with a unique interpretation 
of a ruffled edge. 

Lily Mills Crochet Squares and Mats Pattern
Square Filet - Four floral diamonds form a larger diamond that is surrounded with plenty lace - 17 inches
Bell Lily - A swirl of bell lilies that's not quite square and not quite round. - 17 inches
Medallion Doily - A charming 15 inch square doily with small flower squares.
Empire Doily No 7 - A bit like a wheel with spoke edges - 14-1/2 inches 

The Square Filet and Medallion Doily, although a bit on the large side, have potential to become cloths and runners if created in multiples and joined. 

Count Cross Stitch  Leaves on Crocheted Placemats Pattern
Moderne & Eucalyptus Placemats are embroidery (counted sts) on a crochet base. 

Irish Cluny Crocheted Doily Pattern with Scalloped Edge
Cluny Doily, presumably for an area in Eastern France with a famous Abbey.  It is indeed a lace delight.

And that's it; just 11 patterns in all, but a good assortment of several disciplines .. standard crochet, hairpin lace, filet crochet, as well as some count sts embroidery.  Something for everyone, you might say.   The book carries no dating, however, based on some other Lily Books in this number series, I would place as 1956. 

I'd say that the Daisy Ring is my personal favorite.   Although I can't see using these a luncheon sets, I could employ the edging and these little flowers in so many different ways.  

Well, hope you enjoyed yet another book review.   Thanks for dropping by, 

Lorrie 

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