A friend and colleague from work was leaving to go back to her home town after Uni and I wanted to send her on her way with a little gift.
I knew she collected Rubber Ducks so I had it in my head to make a rubber duck, of sorts, from a bag full of felt she had previously donated to my craft stash.
But could I find a pattern? Could I heck as like. Well, not a free one anyway, and I am a bit tight to go paying for things that with a bit of thought and planning I could manage myself.
So, with that in mind I dug out a proper vintage, think 1970's, soft toy book which had a puddle duck pattern in it. Not quite a rubber duck, this duck was longer necked, with a slender body and feathery wings. And it was about 4" big, so it would need some heavy adaptation.
With an A3 graph paper pad and a pencil I got to work, using the basic duck format, shortening the neck and the body and completely changing the wings, beak and feet. I ended up with this fellow....
Which I have to say I was pretty pleased with. I mean he looks duckish doesn't he?
With those beady (buttons actually) black eyes and squishy beak.
And rather dapper in his shiny red neck bow too.
As mentioned I changed the feet quite a lot as I had changed the shape of the body, so these feet needed to stop the duck being a rocking duck by stabilising him.
And for scale, you can see he is much larger than 4" :) Probably around 12".
She called him Charlie.