Saturday, January 14, 2017

Passing time

I've been playing with a new format for Land of Flood and Drought - 2017 ...

Each patch is 1" x 1 3/4" so I'll be able to use the linen strips from Remember 2016. And I'm using a combination of Jude's paperless patching and Pojagi seaming, along with split back stitch for the lettering and numbering. When working light floss on dark linen, I also wrap the back stitches for a more solid line.

Since I wanted to record temperature as well as rain this year, I cribbed off the newspaper weather map and came up with a range of colors for each ten degrees:

100+ ... Reds
90s ... Dark oranges
80s ... Light oranges
70s ... Yellows
60s ... Greens
50s ... Blue greens
40s ... Blues
30s ... Purples
20s ... Pinks
<20 ... White

Lucky me ... the first two weeks in January ranged from the teens to the 80s, so I got to use eight of the ten color groups!

So, the top block of each day is the high temperature and the bottom block is the low. Likewise, the top represents the noon to midnight hours for moonrise depictions (since highs normally occur in the afternoon and evening), and the lower block represents midnight to noon (when lows normally occur).

I'll use variations within each color, as with the yellows and blues on the 2nd and the 9th ...

and I'm continuing to record daily rainfall ...

Obviously this piece will be much larger than the 7" x 53" Land of Flood and Drought - 2016. I'm envisioning four blocks of thirteen weeks, each 13.25" x 30" once the black and white edging strips are added. Or not ... I have a habit of changing course as I go.

I'll probably stitch a week's worth at a time and then post the results each Sunday or Monday. I'm looking forward to seeing how the colors warm up as the year progresses while wondering just how many red patches will be needed this summer!