Transcription and translation by Zoe Kuhn Williams (Azza al-Shirazi), azzazazo zat yahoo.com, with a little help from Greg Lindahl (Gregory Blount).

This document is presented courtesy of the Wigan Council (UK) Heritage Archives, Ref D/D St C1. Contact: The Archivist, Town Hall, Leigh, Wigan WN7 2DY, United Kingdom; Telephone +44 01942 404430; Fax: +44 01942 404425; heritage zat wlct.org; http://www.wlct.org/Culture/Heritage/archives.htm

This manuscript was written prior to 1660, according to Noemi Speiser in her Old English Pattern Books for Loop Braiding, 2000, Switzerland.

My thanks to Alan Davies, Archivist at Wigan Archives Service.

The braid instructions are not numbered in the manuscript. I have numbered them for convenience. In the transcript, I have preserved spelling, crossings out and punctuation as best I could. Many times the number 'one' was dotted, including i0, i5, etc., but I have left this out.

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1. One bodies worke
to make thes purstrings, place :3: boes of |
1. One body's work
To make these pursestrings, place 3 bows of |

2. One bodies worke
To make thes 2 strings at one working, take |
2. One body's work
To make these 2 strings at one working, take |

3. One bodies worke
To make a string that euery egge shall keep |
3. One body's work
To make a string that every edge shall keep |

4. One bodies worke
To make this flat string, warpe .3. boes |
4. One body's work
To make this flat string, warp 3 bows |

5. 2 bodies worke
To make the waine string warpe .5: boes |
5. 2 bodies' work
To make the wave[?] string warp 5 bows |

6. 2 bodies worke
To make the dubbill stafe and cheuern |
6. 2 bodies' work
To make the double staff and chevron |

7. 2 bodies worke
To make the broad arrowehed, warpe .5. boes |
7. 2 bodies' work
To make the broad arrowhead, warp 5 bows |

8. 2 bodies worke
To make a round & holloe point warpe ___ bes |
8. 2 bodies' work
To make a round & hollow point, warp [5?] bows |

9. 2 bodies worke
To make thes 2 together, giue to each |
9. 2 bodies' work
To make these 2 together, give to each |

10. 2 bodies worke
To make the flagin braide take .10 boes |
10. 2 bodies' work
To make the flagon braid, take 10 bows |

11. one bodies worke
Take .5. boes linked with red and |
11. One body's work
Take 5 bows linked with red and |

[No braid is attached to this receipt.]

12. 2 bodies worke
To make the flaggon bread take .10. boes |
12. 2 bodies' work
To make the flagon braid, take 10 bows |

13. 2 bodies worke
To make the stafe and .4. crouns take :10. |
13. 2 bodies' work
To make the staff and 4 crowns, take 10 |

14. 2 bodis worke
To make thes 2 strings to gether warpe |
14. 2 bodies' work
To make these 2 strings together, warp |

15. 2 bodies worke
To make the dimond string warpe .6. |
15. 2 bodies' work
To make the diamond string, warp 6 |

16. 2 bodis worke
To make a 10 boed poynt in wane, |
16. 2 bodies' work
To make a 10 bowed point in one[?], |

17. 3 bodies worke
To make the french string, warpe :10: |
17. 3 bodies' work
To make the French string, warp 10 |

18. 2 bodies worke
To make this poynt, warpe :5. boes |
18. 2 bodies' work
To make this point, warp 5 bows |

19. 2 bodies worke
To make this breade warpe .3. boes of |
19. 2 bodies' work
To make this braid, warp 3 bows of |

20. 2 bodis worke
To make this braid warpe .5. boes of |
20. 2 bodies' work
To make this braid, warp 5 bows of |

3 bodis worke

take

[ this receipt is not complete. ]

21. 2 bodis worke
To make this dubbill cheuarn warpe 5 bos |
21. 2 bodies' work
To make this double chevron, warp 5 bows |

22. 2 bodies worke
To make thes 2 strings together |
22. 2 bodies' work
To make these 2 strings together |

23. 2 bodies worke
To make .12. bod braid warpe .6. boes |
23. 2 bodies' work
To make 12 bowed braid, warp 6 bows |

24. 1 bodes worke
To make the Spannish braid one bodis |
24. 1 body's work
To make the Spanish braid, one body's |

That a tho ther sid is the way to worke all the Spannish brayds but the left hand worker must not take the priuet stich but the loe sid of that be whare the priuet stich is taken and when thay chang thay must take throu onanother boes and the uppar boes |
That another side is the way to work all the Spanish braids but the left hand worker must not take the private stich but the low side of that is where the private stich is taken and when they change they must take through one another's bows and the upper bows |

[No braid is attached to this receipt.]

25. 1 bodis worke
The Spannish braid wrought by one body |
25. 1 body's work
The Spanish braid made by one body: |

26. To make a braid of :40: bobbins

(I omit this set of instructions since it is not a fingerloop braid. Plus, the handwriting was close to illegible, sorry!)

27. One bodies worke
To make this shaded brad of |
27. One body's work
To make this shaded braid of |

28. 2 bodeys worke
Take .5. boes of red linked with |
28. 2 bodies' work
Take 5 bows of red linked with |

29. To make the Cattorn whele braid which is the worke of 3 parssons
Take 15 boes of :3: collors 5 of a collor let |
29. To make the Catherine wheel braid which is the work of 3 persons,
Take 15 bows of 3 colors, 5 of a color. Let |

30. 2 bodies worke
To make the drume poynt take :10 boes linked |
30. 2 bodies' work
To make the drum point, take 10 bows linked |

[No braid is attached to this receipt.]

31. 3 bodies worke
To make the Cicolor shaded brayd which |
31. 3 bodies' work
To make the sky-colored, shaded braid, which |

32. 4 bodies worke
To make a brayd of to shades take :5: |
32. 4 bodies' work
To make a braid of two shades, take 5 |

[No braid is attached to this receipt.]

33. 5 bodes worke
To make a brayd of :20: boes take .5. boes |
33. 5 bodies' work
To make a braid of 20 [should be 25?] bows, take 5 bows |

next the most, next the whit uppormast that is linked with darke red next yoare ple reds must be uppor most all but the uppor most boe of the Right hand worker and that must haufe the darke collor all ways uppormost- thus you must plase youre boes when you begin, |
next the ??rke [dark?] green upper most, next the white uppermost that is linked with dark red next your pale reds must be uppermost, all but the uppermost bow of the right hand worker, and that must have the dark color allways uppermost. Thus you must place your bows when you begin. |

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