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Lace Amerous Breide

These directions are unusual in that three different options are provided in the text. The color arrangement begins the same, and from there the braiders can either work in parallel, in mirror image, or in mirror image with periodic reversals. All three could appear in one braid, if desired.

I'm not sure what to make of the title, except that it makes me think of modern "friendship" bracelets.

I've provided links below to complete instructions for each variation.


Version a: Spiral Version b: Chevron Version c: Cross and Eyelet

Tollemache 53

Lace amerous breide.
If thou wilt make a hollow lace of 2 color take 4 red bows and set on A B C D left and 4 white on A B C D right and if thou will the bow B right may be departed with black and white then shall thy fellows right accord to thy left hand

[The colors are arranged in mirror image between the two workers, which is very common.]

and then reverse all your bows then shall thou take with A right through B C D right and D C B left the bow of A left reversed then high thy left bows then shall D left take the bow of D right unreversed then low thy right bows so that the bow that was taken of A left go over the over bow and dwell still on A right and the bow that was within on A right be do on B right then shall thy fellow do in this same manner as thou didst then change the over bows of your next hands and the over bows on your further hands and begin again now thou shalt understand be as it is aforesaid then shall the lace be wrethyn from the one end to the other

[Version a: Each person works with the right hand, forming parallel bends which match up (red/white/white/red) to form a wide, two color spiral up the cord.]

and if thy fellow work with his left hand as thou didst with thy right then shall the lace be fair and even

[Version b: Work in mirror image to produce opposite-slanting bends. This produces an over-all chevron pattern.]

and if you work with your next hands until the bows be again as they were at the beginning and then work with the further hands as ye did with your next hands until the bows be again as they were at the beginning then shall thy lace be most fair in amerus breid and in this manner change your working.

[Version c: Work in mirror image as above, and then reverse the direction of the bends. This produces diamonds, or the cross and eyelet.]