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A Lace vice of three colors

A "vice" (left) is a spiral pattern, and a "faire vice" (right) alternates the spiral direction at intervals.

Vice - from O.Fr. vis, viz "screw," from L. vitis "vine, tendril of a vine," lit. "that which winds," from base of viere "to bind, twist" (see withy).

The direction that the loops are given the half-twist determines which side of the braid faces upward during the braiding. Serene prefers to work with the braid facing up and consequently connecting the outer edges beneath the braid. I haven't attempted to change that.



Seat a partner on your right side.

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

Note: C outer should be departed yellow and black.


Work with your right hands:
Twist your right loops, giving a 180° (Clockwise) turn to each loop.
A goes through B C D right, and takes the loop on D left unreversed.
Low the left loops.

Transfer loops with your partner:
Your outer B takes his outer A underneath the braid.
His inner B takes your inner A.

Repeat as desired. Then reverse as follows:


Work with the left hands:
Twist your left loops, giving a 180° (Counter-clockwise) turn to each loop.
A goes through B C D left, and takes the loop on D right unreversed.
Low the right loops.

Transfer loops with your partner:
Your inner B takes his inner A.
His outer B takes your outer A underneath the braid.

Repeat as desired.



Serene 67

A Lace vice of three colors.
Take six bows white, and four black, and two bows departed, that one side black, and the other yellow, then set three white upon B C D right and two black upon B D left and one bow departed upon C left, and also do thy fellow, save that thy left hand shall be like to his right hand, and his left hand to thy right hand, and then reverse thy bows right and take with A right through B C D right the bow D left and also do thy fellow and afterward low both your bows left and take then with B left his bow A right, and he shall take with B left thy bow A right, and look that it be under all the bows, and then begin again, and this lace shall be a vice when you have made a coupen this manner work, then with your left hand, as you did with your right, till when you have another coupen and then shall you have a faire vice.