Change view: Change style to alternate Change style to default

A Lace Bend Rounde

This is one braid in a set of braids based on exchanging loops between fingers.

"A lace bend of 4 colors" [t65] is a color variation of this braid. The "Bend of his bowis" [t26] is similar, but uses two workers.

The "Lace maskell" [t27] and the "Cheyne braid" [t28] are also worked by exchanging loops, but in an entirely different sequence.

Tollemache and Harleian both call this braid a "bend", the heraldic term for a diagonal line. Serene prefers "corduve" (also: cordone), French for a twisted cord.



Take eight loops in two colors, and place them on the following fingers:
Color 1: A B C D left
Color 2: A B C D right


Work only with the right hand:
A exchanges with D left reversed.
(Put the A right loop over and around D left, taking D left reversed.)
B exchanges with C left reversed.
C exchanges with B left reversed.
D exchanges with A left reversed.

[You're working down the fingers of the right hand while working up the fingers of the left hand. I've learned from my students that it's easier to keep track of where you are if you don't tighten the braid until all 4 exchanges have been completed.]

Repeat from the beginning.



Tollemache 25

A lace bend of 8.
Take and set them as is to for said [t24] then shall A right change his bow with D left and B right with C left and C right with B left and D right with A left and begin again and always when thou changes thy right bow with thy left thou shalt take through thy right bows the bows of the left reversed.

Harleian 26

A lace bend rounde.
Take 4 bows of one color and set on A B C D right and 4 bows of another color and set on thy left hand; and shall A right change his bow with D left, and B right with C left, and C right with B left, and D right with A left; and begin again. And look always when thou change thy right bows with thy left thou shalt take through thy right bows the bows of thy left hand reversed.

Serene 34

A lace corduve of eight bows.
Take eight bows, four of one color and four of another, and be all that one color upon that one hand, and another color upon the other hand, and then shall A right change with D left, and B right with C left, and C right with B left, and D right with A left and begin again.