Good afternoon. I have been learning the technique of Ganutell. Here I used instructions from the Ganutell Country Flowers Handbook from Gina B Silkworks.
I used yellow stranded cotton to wrap wire and yellow seed beads to create the stamens. As a beginner I really struggle with slinky rayon or silk threads so opted for DMC Coton A Broder 25 thread for the petals – far easier to work with.
I used the shiny green Rayon for the leaves. Tricky to work with but I was chuffed to bits with the results.
It looks lovely alongside one of the pretty butterflies. These were created from the Ganutell Butterflies Kit (Blues) – details blogged previously.
DMC Cotton A Broder 25 (white), stranded Rayon (green), stranded cotton (yellow)
Pale yellow seed beads (size 11)
0.25mm and 0.4mm copper wire, 1.9mm Perl wire (Vintage Brass)
Jewellery pliers or tweezers, wire cutters (scissors can be used instead but don’t use your best ones!), clear drying PVA glue and a ruler.
These are not essential but really useful if you intend to make a few projects. A small piece of florist foam (for holding elements while glue dries), Petal and Leaf Jig and jig top no. 2 (to help shape wires easily and consistently).
I decided to add a tint of colour to the petal tips using silk paints (red and mixing white to create pink). I dampened the petals first to encourage a gentle spread and blending of the colour.
The little vase in this picture was created using my own fabric plus the Vase Heritage Pincushion Kit – also from Gina B Silkworks. The kit contains precision cut cards and full instructions. I fussy cut my fabric to place the motifs around the vase.
I am planning a large Ganutell floral display – so more Ganutell to share with you all soon xxx.