Saturday, March 30, 2013

DIY Squirrel hockey jerseys

While bouncing around the internet landed on The Canadian Design Resource page and the signage for Expo 67.  Burton Kramer designed the signs and the iconic CBC logo first used in 1974 (unfortunately modified in 1992).  The CBC shop online has some items with the retro logos. .  Here's a clip of the 1974 logo.

There is a book of his designs out

Decided to use the squirrel from the Expo 67 parking lots signs for some DIY jerseys.  Had a white, gold, and maroon jersey.  Didn't have much maroon twill left so made a white squirrel.  Sewed the white squirrel on the jersey but was kind of small on so decided to add something to it.  Found a town in Ontario (Exeter) that has white squirrels through some Flickr images.

Wasted too much time looking through fonts.  Ending up using 'City of' for the Squirrels, 'Grange' for Exeter.  When added the acorn on the back also added 67 in a font (Consort-RR Bold Condensed) like the one used by the Expos (as a nod to the Expo 67 signs).

Only maroon jersey I had laying around was an old maroon, green and white CCM jersey.  Made the squirrel much bigger and put it on that one.  Jersey ended being to small to fit over my hockey equipment - will probably split the seam down the armpit and add some white or green or white&green material to enlarge it.  The #12 on the back has a heat pressed #1 and a sewn on #2; I suspect I put the sewn #2 on because the 2 was coming apart when I got the jersey.

Wore the white jersey for the first time last Tuesday at hockey and got one goal playing forward on a shoveling lob shot off a pass and one goal playing defence on a shot along the ice from the point in a low scoring 3-2 win for the white side over the dark.


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    1. Glad to have been inspirational.

      Also, good to meet another Will S. :)

  2. Thanks. Fewer guys being named Will or William or any more traditional names these days. Seems to be the trend that people want to name their kids unusual names with unusual spellings that will have them being asked "How do you spell that?" on a regular basis for the rest of their lives.

    See your icon is the Red Ensign. Government of Canada department Canadian Heritage has 24" x 32" posters that they will send you for free - One is "Evolution of the Red Ensign". A while ago I received that one and when I contacted them:

  3. Neat! I do like the Red Ensign, esp. the 1923-1957 version.

    Yes, I'm glad I'm not a 'Cody' or an 'Aidan' or a 'Jayden' or some such nonsense; I feel sorry for the kids who are...