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 green stranded cotton to wrap the leaves and to create the stamens. As a beginner I still 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 added colour to the petals using silk paint. Dampening the petals first encouraged nice blending of the colours.
Sorry about the stray cat hair that got into the crocus pic. Willow’s hair does get everywhere!
She is such a darling and loves to help out.
They look lovely alongside one of the pretty butterflies. These were created from the Ganutell Butterflies Kit (Blues) – details blogged previously.
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.
DMC Cotton A Broder 25 (white), stranded cotton (green and variegated yellow)
0.25mm and 0.4mm copper wire, 1.9mm Perl wire (silver plated)
Florist tape (green)
Silk paints (purple, yellow and red)
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 am planning a large Ganutell floral display – getting a nice little collection together now – so more Ganutell to share with you all soon xxx.