How do you read needlepoint stitch diagrams?


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Needlepoint stitch diagrams are created in symbols and colors that indicate what type of stitch to use, what kind of thread to use in each section of the design, and what the design should look like overall when completed. Individual stitches are indicated by the directionality of the thread in the diagram. Needle position on the diagram indicates how the needle should move to make the correct stitch. Stitches create different effects in the design, such as ripples and texture.

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The colors in the design illustration correspond to the color key on the side of the needlepoint design diagram. The color key tells what colors and sizes of thread to use to create the design. Grid lines are used in the pattern to help count stitches and keep work to the correct size. The lines are broken down into smaller blocks in a 10-by-10 inch section to smaller 1-by-1-inch sections. This helps the crafter to count the stitches in the pattern and keep her place in the design.

The design also indicates what type of stitch to use in each section to achieve the desired effect. Different stitches are indicated by different markings, which are explained in a key near the color key. Other items noted on the needlepoint stitch diagram include the size of the design along with the type and size of fabric to use.

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