Embroidery Patterns – Ducks and Swans

Ducks in a row (or not) embroidery patterns and some swans for good measure. There are also ducks in the days-of-the-week sets.

16 Comments

  1. It’s my pleasure to share these wonderful designs from the past. Kudos to you for keeping the art alive and teaching your granddaughters how to stitch!

  2. I can’t begin to thank you enough for sharing all of your free embroidery patterns. I learned to embroider from my grandmother 60 years ago and have taught my daughters, daughter-in-law, and am currently teaching my granddaughters. Discovering these patterns and your site has been such a delight and help.

  3. The ducklings are darling. I’d like to see them around the hem of a little skirt. But the long necked cygnet! Perhaps he should be done in grey. He was unimpressive as a duckling. But eventually he made a lovely swan. Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales are wonderful.

  4. This is probably way too late but I just came across this—-to Jess, I have the crib quilt top that is stamped with this duck pond transfer along with the other farm animals and kids. The only marks on it are “145 Made in USA”. Probably doesn’t help much but just in case…

  5. Thank you for these lovely patterns. The ugly duclking is my favourite childhood song. Now I can embroider this.
    You have inspired me to think and plan of putting up a website of my own. This will take some time but i’ll do it and send you the link.

  6. My first grandchild is due at the end of next month. These transfer patterns will make delightful decorations on the bibs I am making from vintage patterns. Thank you very much.

  7. I use a light box and a blue line quilting pen and transfer directly onto the fabric. A heat transfer pencil would be more efficient and supposedly you’d get more than one imprint from a one time tracing. As for being flipped, you could reverse the image before tracing to give the correct orientation. I’d love to see those lovely 19teens! Can you scan them and email them? Don’t worry about cleaning them up…that’s my job 🙂

    I’m glad to see the pillowcase tradition continue. Keep up the good work!

  8. On the contrary! I still embroider pillowcases!

    I normally do some fairly complex historical tailoring, but when I’ve overloaded on that, my friends will tell you that “She embroiders kittens on pillowcases”.

    I love old transfers, and have some from the 19teens in my personal collection. Would you be interested in sharing them?

    Also – what is, in your opinion, the best way to transfer from printouts? A heat transfer pencil works if you don’t mind the image being flipped, but… I can’t find the wax-based dressmakers’ carbon anymore – that worked best for tracing. Any ideas?

    Best regards,
    Meagn

  9. Sorry I can’t be of any help. The majority of my transfers came from estate sales, in boxes without the original envelopes. The sheets don’t indicate who the manufacturer is either. Good luck in your quest!

  10. I’ve been looking for the vintage sheet this particular duck design came off of…it was a sheet of farm animals, I believe? You don’t by any chance know the brand or designer of the original sheet, do you? I’m trying to track it down!
    Thanks,
    Jess.

  11. Thank-you so much for all your transfer designs. I love them. I lost most of the transfers and crochet patterns that was pasted down to me by my Grandmother and Mother a few years back when I divorced my husband, he destroyed them on me. I am so glad to have found your website. I found some that match the ones I remember as a child. Thank-you again, I will treasure them once again.
    Sincerely;
    Barbara Bartlett

  12. Certainly! These patterns are in the public domain and can be used freely. I do appreciate the credit!

  13. I make small quilts for Ami Simms’ Alzheimers Art Quilt Initiative — a project to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. These little quilts are sold on line and at quilt shows around the nation.

    May I have permission to use your Swan with Violets pattern for this purpose? You will be given credit.

    Thank you sincerely.

  14. Thanks for these cool pictures Im going to use them to make a quilt for a baby due in Jan

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