Braided Mesh  Coppergate:
A piece of braided mesh fabric was found at Coppergate, York (need to
put biblio info here). It was bordered by tabby bands that were finished
with a twiceturned hem. This seemed to indicate that the mesh was the
main body of the fabric and the tabby simply a band to hold it together.
The mesh could have been created using sprang techniques, or it could
have been done with fingerbraiding.
When looking for a towel edging that would be durable yet highly
decorative I found this piece and decided to reproduce the mesh as a
fringe treatment for a twill fabric. Below are instructions for creating
a Coppergatestyle braided mesh as a fringe. The original and my
reproduction were made with 3 elements of 2 strands each (6 strands
total per braid). You can use the technique for any number of total
strands in the braid as long as you make a basic 3element braid.
 Start on the left side (this is totally arbitrary and does not
need to be switched for lefthanders). Pick up the first group of
strands and braid them together for their entire length. Knot at the
end to hold. Consider this completed braid Braid A.
 Pick up the next group of strands for Braid B. Braid for 10
crosses (i.e. left, right, left, right, left, right, left, right,
left, right.). Take Braid A and pass it through the current braid.
If you have a braid of 3 strands, there should be 2 strands on one
side and 1 strand on the other. Continue braiding B for the entire
length and knot at end.
 Pick up the next group of strands for Braid C. Braid for the
entire length and knot at end.
 Pick up the next group of strands for Braid D. Braid for 10
crosses and then pass Braid C through the current braid. Braid for
10 more crosses and then pass Braid A through the current braid.
Braid for 10 more crosses and then pass Braid B through the current
braid. Continue braiding D for the entire length and knot the end.
 Pick up the next group of strands for Braid E. Braid for the
entire length and knot at end.
 Pick up the next group of strands for Braid F. Braid for 10
crosses and then pass Braid E through the current braid. Braid for
10 crosses and then pass Braid C through the current braid. Braid
for 10 more crosses and then pass Braid A through the current braid.
Braid for 10 more crosses and then pass Braid B through the current
braid. Continue braiding D for the entire length and knot the end.
 By now you should start to see the pattern: for odd braids you
braid all the way down, but for even braids you braid 10 crosses and
then pass one of the completed braids through. Braids that slant
down to the right will always pass through, braids that slant down
to the left will always pass around.
 At some point you will decide your mesh is long enough and will
stop passing all the remaining strands through. From there to the
other side of the fringe you should keep the number of passthroughs
constant.
 When you get close to the right side of the fringe, in order to
make a mirrorimage of the left side some strands will have to
double back; they will change from passthrough strands to
passaround strands. To do this, don't bother braiding each braid to
the end as you approach the right side... just loosely knot it while
you continue braiding the remaining braids.
 I'll assume you have an even number of braids. For the 2ndtolast
braid (Braid Y), only braid it far enough to pass through the last
braid and make a turnaround. Knot temporarily.
 Braid the last braid, passing around the other braids as usual.
 Now go back to Braid Y. Undo the knot... you may have to braid a
few more crosses, but when it looks long enough pass the next braid
through it (this will actually have been the 4thtolast (Braid W)
when it started). Continue down the line and knot when done.
 Now go back to Braid W. Unbraid or braid it as necessary, then
pass it around the other braids. You should be able to see at this
point how to make other braids turn the corner so they can braid
back down to the left. At the end, just even up all the knots.
