We’ve been basking in hot weather since Saturday – almost unheard of for a bank holiday weekend. As a result I’ve been rather lax with my various crafting projects, I’ve been lazing in the garden or strolling in the sunshine instead. My limbs are now a slightly less whiter shade of pale, and I’ve had chance to photograph the gloriously scented bluebells in the local woods.
All I’ve managed to complete is the toy rabbit that’s based on the Bertie Bunkins pattern. I improvised a dress, and now she suddenly looks like the girl rabbit she’s meant to be instead of a boy rabbit in striped leggings.
Her arms should be small enough for her new 8-month-old owner to grab hold of, and she’s not too heavy. She’s sat in a cardboard box on its way through the postal system at the moment. I hope she’s greeted with delight when the box is opened in a day or two.
Painting on ripstop nylon
The bicycle transportation bags I’m making are going to need something on the outside of them to show what they contain. Call me optimistic, but I believe that a baggage handler who knows there’s a bike inside, and which way round it is, is less likely to cause inadvertent damage by slinging something heavy on top of it.
My plan is to paint a bicycle symbol on both sides of each bag, and possibly write “BIKE” in several languages too. But how to do that on black ripstop nylon? I thought I’d start by testing the simplest option, cheap acrylic paint of the type sold for kids to mess around with. I keep a tube of each primary colour plus black and white so that I can mix any colour I need to touch up damaged paintwork, paint a picture frame to suit a new picture or whatever. To my surprise, a couple of coats of undiluted white acrylic has covered the black well, it can be bent and even creased with the fabric without cracking and it doesn’t seem to want to flake off. I’m not going to need to mix it with acrylic medium, PVA or anything else.