Two Sleeping Ducks cross stitch pattern was inspired by a 1920’s woodcut design by Dutch painter and graphic artist Julie de Graag. It was part of a series of four (created between 1923 and 1924).
This simple design of two ducks sleeping is easy to complete and a great project for beginners — just use black Aida cloth and complete only the white stitches.
We love the simplicity of the design and the resulting bold contrast will certainly give some attitude to a canvas tote, ecobag or rustic wall frame.
Julie de Graag lived between 1877 and 1924 and painted in the Art Nouveau style. Her paintings and drawings focused on everyday subjects like domestic pets, farm animals, insects and spiders — as well as leaves, flowers and people of the village.
Her work was defined by thick outlines and a minimalist colour palette (very often just black and white). Browse the store for more Art Nouveau designs by Julie de Graag.
Do you love our Two Ducks Sleeping cross stitch? This pattern is part of the Retro Duck series, a set of 4x funky designs from the original 1923-24 Dutch woodcuts.