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Lace Amerous Breide - Version a

This is the first of three versions of the "Lace amerous breide" [t53].

"...then shall the lace be wrethyn from the one end to the other..." In heraldry, a wreath is a twist of two cords (usually one metal and one color) above the shield and beneath the crest. "Wrethed" also refers to something "decorated with a twisting pattern" (MED).

The direction that the loops are given the half-twist determines which side of the braid faces upward during the braiding. For the sake of consistency, all my directions will form a braid with the more attractive side facing down, allowing the outer edges to be easily connected above the braid.

Seat a partner on your right side.

Take sixteen loops in two colors, and place them on the following fingers:
Color 1 (red): A B C D outer hands
Color 2 (white): A B C D inner hands

Optional: B inner may be departed white and black.

Twist all your loops, giving a 180° turn to each loop:
Left hands - Twist the bottom of each loop upward (Counter-clockwise).
Right hands - Twist the top of each loop downward (Counter-clockwise).

Work with the right hands:
A goes through B C D right, and D C B left, and takes the loop on A left unreversed.
(You'll have two loops on A temporarily.)
High the left loops.
Move the loop from D right onto D left unreversed.
Low the right loops.
(Hook B in the back A loop and pull it over and around the front A loop and onto B.)

Exchange loops on your inner hands:
(No explanation is given for how to do this. You and your partner need to exchange A loops, with his passing through yours unreversed. Try using your outer hand to pull his loop through yours, giving your inner loop to him, and then transfering his loop from your outer hand to your inner hand.)

Exchange loops on your outer hands:
Put your A loop over and behind your partner's B loop, taking his B unreversed.

Repeat from the beginning.

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