Sunday, June 6, 2010

Crafty Ducks

Do you like flying ducks? Or do think they fall right at the end of the too kitsch spectrum?
I love me a retro ceramic flying duck or three. And crafty flying ducks made with recycled materials or with a quirky twist are even better. Here are a selection from flickr and etsy.
Crafty Flying Ducks
1. Flying duck brooch- REread 2. Lino Flying Duck brooches- Betty Jo Designs
3. Wallpaper flying ducks-Deborah French 4.Fabric Flying Ducks -Art Decadance
5. Embroidered Flying Duck brooch- Betty Jo Designs 6.Wallpaper Flying ducks-DeliaDivine
7.Painted China Duck- Trixie Delicious 8. Lino Flying ducks- Betty Jo Designs
9.Flying duck embroidery-Amanda JeanWalker

I particularly like this felted wool bag made from recycled sweaters made by Tasha Miller Griffith from Arizona. This bag is soft and cuddly, yet tough and washable. Tasha designs each bag one at a time based on what she can find.
According to Tasha "Each bag is truly one-of-a-kind. This keeps the process fresh and interesting for me, as I design each bag one by one to make the most interesting use of limited materials, instead of making several from a single pattern. Reclaimed belts, buttons, and vintage zippers also get a new life as handles and closures for these bags."
This series of three hand-embroidered pieces "fly away home" by Amanda Jean Walker are stitched on vintage cross-stitched fabric Each hoop has a minor variation in size and are ready to hang in whatever flight pattern you see fit. Amanda says"Embroidery is special to me because it is something that takes time and patience, and is a medium that requires slow, methodical work, something I enjoy immensely. I buy most of my hoops second-hand and everything I stitch is on vintage and thrifted fabrics."
Melbourne designer Mark from Record Attemps cuts flying ducks from recycled Vinyl LP records. "Mark had too many records. He decided he had to stop buying them or do something with them. He knew he couldn't stop buying them so he thought he would do something useful with them. Now people give Mark records they are going to throw out and he turns them into things."Prince Design UK ceramic Flying ducks

Earlier this year I started A flickr group for readers to upload pics of flying ducks.
If you have a set of decorative flying ducks (maybe inherited from your granny) or have made or found something crafty with the flying ducks image post them here.The more kitsch and/or retro the better........but please refrain from taxidermy (you know, stuffed ducks).


  1. And we won't mention the tapestry, will we? heehee, I love the 'fly away home' ones, I'd whip them up in a flash!

  2. Yes, that tapestry is filed away under "sheesh,I wish I bloody got it when I first saw it".
    And if I find some more duck embroideries to chop up I'll be a happy girl!

  3. what is not to love about flying ducks!

  4. very lovely - I've been wondering when this post was coming!

  5. these are all so cool ... I love trixie delicious! and thanks for the plug!!

  6. I am obsessed with flying ducks. LOVE this post