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Grene Dorge of 12 Bows

This braid, and its single-worker counterpart ("Greyne dorge" [t38]) are among the few braids that don't use a heraldic term to desribe the color effect. "Grain d'orge" is French for "Barleycorn", and most likely describes the appearance of the thread pairs down the center of the braid.

Two different techniques are combined here. First, a round braid of 4 loops is worked, similar to the 5 loop "A lace common round" [t3]. Two extra loops then exchange places through the center of braid, as in "A lace bend of 8" [t25].



Seat a partner on your right side.

Take twelve loops in three colors, and place them on the following fingers:
Color 1: B C - all hands
Color 2: D - outer hands
Color 3: A - inner hands


Work with the outer hands:
A goes through B C outer, and takes the loop on C inner reversed.
Lower B inner onto C.

Work with the inner hands:
B goes through C inner, and takes the loop on C outer reversed.
Lower the outer loops.

A inner exchanges loops with D outer reversed.
(Put the A left loop over and around D, taking D reversed.)

Exchange loops on your inner hands:
Move the loop from A inner onto A outer.
(This is a temporary move to keep them out of the way.)
Your A goes through B from within outward, and takes your partner's B unreversed.
Partner's A takes your B unreversed.
Lower A to B.
Return the loop held on A outer onto A inner.

Repeat from the beginning.



Tollemache 39

Grene dorge of 12 bows
Set on thy hands 6 bows and on thy fellows other 6 in the manner of the lace of 6 bows [t38] and you shall work as you did in the foresaid lace then shall you set the over bows on your next hands on A on your further hand and change your bows B of your next hands and then shall you with A for your next hand take the bows again that sitting on A on your further hands and be and etc.

Harleian 40

A grene dorge of 12.
Take a fellow, and set on his hands 6 bows, and set on thine hands in the manner of grene dorge of 6 bows [h39], and work as ye did in the same lace. Then shall ye set the over bows on your next hands on A on your further hands, and change your bows B of your next hands. Then shall ye with A of your next hands take the bow A again that sit on your further hands, and begin again, and etc.

Serene 66

The same double with twelve bowes.
Take either of you 6 bows of diverse colors, and set upon your hands as aforesaid in the lace grive(?) [s66] and then do both as is aforesaid once, and then shall you set your overmost bows of your next hands upon your further hands, and then shall ye change the bows that then are overmost upon the hands next, and then shall you take again your bows that you set upon your further hands, and then begin again.