- Powell's threads are labeled with letters like AaBbCcDd. Each capital letter is a dark thread and each lower case is a light thread. They also refer to shafts, like this: A=1, a=2, B=3, b=4, C= 2, c=1, D=4, d=3
- Powell also uses numbers for threading, like 12-34-21-43 is the same as above, but the underlined number is the dark thread and the one without a line is the light thread. The number is the shaft.
- The tie up is easy. It's 2-4, 1-3, 2-3, 1-4. Each has a letter assigned to it, so don't forget that it goes ACBD.
- After you get this concept down for 4-shafts, it's easy to transfer into 6 or 8-shafts.
- If you are confused, try playing with it on a computer program. That way, there is no yarn waste and you can experiment all you want! I have already drafted out two of them, and after playing with it on the computer it made so much sense.
- Pay close attention to the drafts. Sometimes it goes AaBb and then suddenly switches to bB or aA. So watch those letter sizes and places.
- Powell places the letters in the threading on the shafts which they belong but she does it in groups of 2, so the lower numbers/letters are the odd shafts and the slightly elevated numbers/letters are the even shafts.
- The first patterns show you different profile drafts and what happens if they have colors or not. The second 2/3 of the book are different patterns broken up into 4,6,8 shaft patterns. Pictures are labeled with shaft first, number, and then the number of pattern on the set. So, 4-2-2 would be 4-shafts, 2nd draft, and the 2nd part. Here are some examples of these below:
There are a few pages in the book that have the drafts already done. This is the draft on page 14:
I actually started with this one so I could play with it on the computer to learn how to understand the new notations. Notice the AaBbCcDd's are all filled in the threading and the treadling. Remember, the A=1, a=2, B=3, b=4, C= 2, c=1, D=4, d=3 and the tie up is 2-4 (A), 1-3(C), 2-3(B), 1-4(D).
Example of 6-2-6: (Translated, the first number means it's a 6-shaft project. The second number means it is the 2nd project in the 6-shaft section. And the third number means it's threading variation #6.) This is a picture of page 163:
When you take all the information and plug it in where it belongs in the draft, this is how it looks: