Tuesday, January 3, 2023

2023 Temperature Chart

 I've been wanting to stitch a temperature chart for quite a few years, but I never really found one that struck my fancy. That all changed this year! Sarah Hughes (@stitchinmommy on Instagram) designed a Quaker-inspired temperature chart that immediately called my name when I saw it in her Etsy shop. So, 2023 is the year I'll finally be stitching a temperature chart!

In case you haven't seen it already, here's the cover model from the chart.

Isn't it lovely? I think this would be a lovely Quaker sampler even without the addition of the temperature tracking element.

Another thing that has always concerned me with temperature charts is the lack of extremes in temperature here in southern California. After purchasing the chart, I was thrilled to see several different keys were included which each have 20 temperature ranges. I will be using the "hot" key which includes temperature ranges in 3-4 degree increments ranging from 50 and below all the way up to 110 and above. I'm not doing to reveal the colors she uses, but here the ranges for the "hot" key. 

I'm not sure if I'll get to use the two highest or lowest ranges, but will likely use the others. Since our high yesterday was only 58ºF, the third lowest range is accounted for at least once this year. I also have no doubt I'll probably be able to use the 102-105 range this summer, and could possibly end up using the two highest ranges as well. It will all just depend on how hot of a summer we have this year. It's pretty rare for us to have a high temperature below 55ºF, but it could happen. It's extremely rare for us to have a high below 50ºF though, so I feel pretty safe in saying I likely won't have the opportunity to use that color.

I'll be stitching it two over two on 32 ct. white Jobelan fabric using the called for DMC colors. I doubt I'll stitch on it each day. It's more likely that I'll wait until Sunday to pick it up each week and just put in the previous seven days all in one feel swoop. I'll be using the AccuWeather website to get the daily recorded highs for my city since they have a really nice monthly calendar which shows the historical temperature data. In fact, I just checked the winter months for 2022 and our lowest recorded high temperature for last year was 55ºF which just backs up the point I made in the previous paragraph. 😂

So, that's my temperature chart plan for 2023. I'll likely just post a progress update at the end of each month since each month is represented by one motif. Have you ever stitched a temperature chart? If so, did you enjoy the experience? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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