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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Lilly Rug Yarn, Art 241

Lily Mills introduced their 'famous' rug yarn in 1937.   This time period was nearing the end of the Great Depression and creating your own home essentials was still economically important.  
"A wonderfully soft, thick, fine quality 100% cotton rug yarn in rich, fast, colors.  This yarn is widely used for all types of crochet work such as hats and bags, bedroom slippers, pot holders, etc.  Also, it is widely used for making Fluff, Pompom, Hooked, Crocheted and Woven Rugs".   
The yarn was introduced in 4-oz skeins.   
(photo courtesy of Polly's Vintage Linens)
Into the early 1940's, Lily Mills promoted the different uses for their Rug Yarn.  As was the norm for this time period, department stores also set up instruction areas to teach you the techniques and giving free patterns with yarn purchase. Crocheting hats and bags was another popular instructions.  

During WWII cotton became scarce, creating a quite a boom for those stores that were able to obtain leftover stocks.   It was during this time period that the nylons and synthetics started gaining their popularity.   Of course, when the war ended and cotton again became available, their marketing (and sales) hit new time highs.   It has to be noted, of course, that they were not alone in this market ... the greatest competition being American Thread's Aunt Lydia's Heavy Rug Yarn.  

The product promotion began dwindling in the early 1970's, and by 1975 had entirely left the market.  Now, that's certainly not to say that rug yarns left the market.   Newer yarns were marketed employing additional fibers .... versus 100% cotton. 

During it's run, Lily Mills produced several pattern books that directly promoted this yarn, as well as offered patterns through leaflets distributed through shops and the popular Needlework magazines.  I've reviewed one of these books - Smart Little Toppers - in the Shoptalk Blog

There are, of course, a number of patterns calling for Lily Rug Yarn, Art 241, in the shop if you'd care to browse.  
Thanks for dropping by.  

1 comment:

  1. This was interesting. I came across a « rug foundation » for making a Round tufted rug with Lily rug yarn. It is marked Lily Art 146Y, « Rose » tufted rug. This fabric has a very tight weave I am wondering what was the thickness of the Lily rug yarn. Was it all the same thickness? I am also trying to find out what was meant by “tufted” rug. I hook rugs and this foundation is much too tightly woven to be used for a hooked rug. Tufted rug is another name for some people for hooked rug.