I’m Genny, the artist behind Genevieve Hayes Gifts.
I create custom silk ribbon embroidery pieces. What does that mean? I take white silk ribbon, dye it with alcohol based inks, and turn it into flowers, ferns, and succulents that I stitch onto canvases or panels to create perfectly personal gifts!
How did I get into this? My best childhood friend was getting married and I needed the perfect gift. She’s pretty hard to shop for, so after a few months of hunting, I decided I’d have to make her something myself. Her sister (an amazing artist) painted flowers on the save the date card, so I decided to recreate the flowers from the save the date on the invitation. Problem was, I didn’t know how. Then came YouTube. I spent hours watching ribbon embroidery videos. Most of the videos were in Russian, so I muted the volume and studied the hands of the artists. I took notes, ordered 20 yards of silk ribbon with a 10 piece ink set, and started experimenting! I quickly discovered that this art is challenging, time consuming, and SO MUCH FUN! That was back in early 2015 and I’ve been hooked ever since!
My Very First Piece!