My mum's boyfriend became a grandad last year and he is absolutely enamoured with his new grandson. I wanted to make him a nice gift for Christmas/his birthday/everything and was inspired by LilyVanilli's amazingly beautiful baby sampler
. I wanted to make something similar, but was challenged by the fact that this was to be a gift to go in the grandad's house, not in a nursery. He wouldn't want anything feminine or cutesy with pastel colours and cute animals.
This is how I decided to combine his two favourite things: his new grandson, and Chelsea Football Club. I drew up a design including the baby's birth information, the Chelsea logo, a football on some grass, and filled in the dead space with 'bubbles' which I thought were just cutesy enough to be suitable for a baby sampler. Once I drew up the transfer I decided to make the lowest bubbles into flowers by drawing in stems, and at the last minute I added in petals and leaves to make it clearer that they weren't balloons or bubbles with tails.
This is how it came out in the end:
The writing on the logo was a challenge. The 'Chelsea' part came out well, but the smaller font was much fiddlier and if I did it again I would use less strands (oh the joys of hindsight).
The regular text worked great though, and the font seemed to match with the baby sampler theme:
In this close-up you can see some of the stitches I used to do the 'bubbles' in different shades of pale green and blue. You can also see the fiddly little icons which are part of the logo (the red flower and football), which were very difficult to sew and came out rather uneven when you compare the 2 sides of the logo - oh well!
Here is a close up of some of the flowers, which came out much better than I had anticipated. I used different shades of green for the stems to make them stand out from the grass. You can also see that I ventured with a new stitch, taking the "checkered chain" element from LilyVanilli's sampler and using it as my border. I had trouble deciding what colours to do, and decided to use similar colours to the logo to tie the whole thing together. I'm not 100% happy with it, but once it's in a frame I don't think the border will stand out so much anyway, so I'm not too disappointed. I am proud to have learnt a new stitch though, and it was surprisingly easy (if you want to learn it, the video on the Needle'N'Thread website taught me to do it in just a few minutes). I need to take more care to make my stitches even, and would definitely do the checkered chain smaller next time. I've been embroidering for over a year now but I'm still learning
Finally, here is a close up of the football (or 'soccer ball'). The satin stitch didn't make for nice crisp hexagons, so I went around the edges with a stitch for each side to tidy it up. The result is a happy accident in my opinion - the ball looks cuter with the slightly rounded hexagons. You can see in this picture the trouble I had stitching the tiny letters - the 'B' in 'club' should have some blue in the middle but I couldn't fit it in. That will teach me to outline small details in two different colours (the logo has white letters with a gold outline on a blue background).
I decided not to fill in the logo because I didn't want the dark blue to overpower the whole thing.
Overall I am very pleased with the outcome, and I think it will be a big hit with my family, especially the recipient. Despite a few flaws, the design really came together. I love the way the flowers and 'bubbles' look, the logo is clearly recognisable, the text is legible, and I think it is just masculine enough to be displayed on the wall in my mum's boyfriend's house.
Comments and critiques welcome, as well as any advice you have for improving on my mistakes