Rainbow Temperature Galaxy cross stitch pattern - maximum and minimum temperatures version
This Rainbow Temperature Galaxy cross stitch pattern booklets contain the charts and full instructions to cross stitch this piece in colours representing the maximum and minimum daily temperatures in your part of the world, through an entire year. The images show an example Galaxy based on temperatures in Southampton, UK - the colour distribution in your piece will be different according to the temperatures in your area, so every piece stitched will be unique.
Note that this is the version of the pattern for maximum AND minimum daily temperatures. For the simpler pattern version for maximum temperatures only, please click here.
Two separate versions are included, for leap years and non-leap years, so you can easily stitch for any year.
The pattern is very loosely based on our own four-armed spiral galaxy, the Milky Way. I liked the idea of stitching our galaxy in the colours of the temperatures for your area - combining the vast scales of space with our local city or area, because of course both are our home. Each spiral arm represents three months of the year, working outwards from the centre. Each consecutive section is stitched in the colours relating to the maximum and minimum temperatures for that day. The outer edges of the spiral arms show the maximum daily temperatures, and the inner edges show the minimum daily temperatures.
The design can be stitched on almost any fabric of your colour choice, just by changing the colour of the 'stars' if needed - example images are shown on both black and white fabric.
Very comprehensive instructions are included, explaining how to adapt the temperature colour ranges to anywhere in the world. You don't need to worry if you live in a hot or cold climate, or if the temperature goes between extremes - you will adapt the colours to your own temperature range, so that you will still stitch with colours across the rainbow palette. You can use either Fahrenheit or Celsius scales for your temperatures. Full alphabets are included so that you can personalise the central section for a different year and/or location.
There are only two cases where the pattern would not be suitable:
Firstly, if you have a very narrow variation in temperatures over the year, the finished piece might not look so interesting as you'd have long blocks of one colour. The narrowest temperature range I've a given colour guide for is 16 degrees (either Fahrenheit or Celsius); if you have a temperature range of less than this, I wouldn't recommend doing this pattern. Any other temperature range is fine - there is no maximum temperature range. NB the 16 degrees is the difference between your lowest and highest temperatures - it doesn't mean you can't go above or below 16C or 16F.
Secondly, if you don't live in a major populated area you might want to check that your area is covered by temperature websites, unless you are recording temperatures yourself. I recommend looking at:
On AccuWeather, if you search for your location and click on “monthly”, it will give you temperatures for all the months of the current year and the year before. In the settings (top right of the website) you can change between Fahrenheit and Celsius. If you want to go further back than the previous year, perhaps to commemorate a special year, both Time and Date and Weather Underground give temperatures going much further back. Time and Date allows you to choose Fahrenheit or Celsius.
I've put this pattern in the Stitchalongs category because it is a stitchalong in the sense that you don't know exactly what your piece will look like at the end of the year, and that lots of people in the Facebook group will be sharing their pieces - please do join us at www.facebook.com/groups/climbinggoatdesigns However please note that it is very different from the other stitchalongs because you will receive everything in instant download PDFs when you purchase - there are no mystery monthly instalments.
The stitched area of the finished piece (not including any margin) is: 144 stitches wide x 144 stitches high
On 14 count fabric this is approximately 10.3 x 10.3 inches or 26.1 x 26.1 cm
On 16 count fabric this is approximately 9.0 x 9.0 inches or 22.9 x 22.9 cm
If stitched on 14 count fabric the pattern fits in an 11 inch hoop, as shown in the pictures.
The galaxy design uses only full cross stitches - no fractional stitches, backstitch or French knots. The central text uses backstitch and French knots.
The design is suitable for people with experience of cross stitch.
You will receive five PDF instant download files:
Non-leap year pattern booklet, with the charts in colour blocks with symbols
Non-leap year pattern booklet, with the charts in black and white blocks with symbols
Leap year pattern booklet, with the charts in colour blocks with symbols
Leap year pattern booklet, with the charts in black and white blocks with symbols
Comprehensive cross stitch instructions
Each pattern booklet contains:
Cover page with picture of example completed piece
Advice on fabric colour and stars colour
Single page chart for screen use
Split page chart for printing
Key to the charts
Diagram showing beginnings and ends of the spiral arms
Example chart of central text
Close up pattern with blank central section for positioning your text
Fonts for central text
Blank grid for charting text
Advice on temperature websites
Detailed explanation on how to work out your temperature and colour key
Example temperature and colour keys
Nine complete colour ranges of between 16 and 50 colours allowing you to adapt your colour range precisely to where you live
Table to fill in your personal temperature and colour key
Tables to fill in your maximum temperatures for each day of the year
This listing is for PDFs of these pattern booklets; it is not a completed piece nor a kit, so no fabric, thread or other materials are included. The charts are Instant Download so you can download them straight away.
A link to the downloads will be sent to the email address you give when you order. There will also be a link to download the files directly from the completed order page. The files are sent as PDFs in one zip file. Please unzip the file (right click > extract all) after downloading, and then you can open each PDF within the file.
You may need Adobe Reader to open the PDF files. If you don’t have it you can download it for free here: https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/
If you have any problems or need help please let me know!
Patterns are for personal use only.
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Still waiting for my fabric so I haven’t started stitching yet but the instructions are all really detailed and clear. The worked examples were really useful.
The pattern is very well thought out, easy to understand and follow. The unique design should produce a pleasing to the eye piece in a relatively small space. I love the theme. This is exactly what I have been looking for and am eager to start stitching it.
Thank you Clare it's great as always xxxx