Bulgarian Martenitsa
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These are VERY lovely, but can you please tell us more about them? Our challenge rules require that you add a comment about what method(s) you used to ice your circles, and what lessons you learned along the way. I am also very interested to know what the elements on top represent (what are "Bulgarian Martenitsa"?), and how they were made. Thanks so much!

Julia M. Usher posted:

These are VERY lovely, but can you please tell us more about them? Our challenge rules require that you add a comment about what method(s) you used to ice your circles, and what lessons you learned along the way. I am also very interested to know what the elements on top represent (what are "Bulgarian Martenitsa"?), and how they were made. Thanks so much!

 

Thank you so much! I sure will, I'm just dealing with kids right now, as soon as I'm hands free I will!

Martenitsa is a small piece of adornment, made of white and red yarn and usually in the form of two dolls, a male and a female. Martenitsi are worn from Baba Marta Day(March 1) until the wearer first sees a storkswallow, or blossoming tree (or until late March). The name of the holiday means "Grandma March" in Bulgarian and the holiday and the wearing of Martenitsi are a Bulgarian tradition related to welcoming the spring, which according to Bulgarian folklore begins in March. 
I've flooded my circles with 20 second icing. Let them dry completely and some if them I stamped, and other I dusted with bronze dust. Martenitsas are fondant molded. Then I added some details to the figures. 

Cookieland by ZorniZZa posted:

Martenitsa is a small piece of adornment, made of white and red yarn and usually in the form of two dolls, a male and a female. Martenitsi are worn from Baba Marta Day(March 1) until the wearer first sees a storkswallow, or blossoming tree (or until late March). The name of the holiday means "Grandma March" in Bulgarian and the holiday and the wearing of Martenitsi are a Bulgarian tradition related to welcoming the spring, which according to Bulgarian folklore begins in March. 
I've flooded my circles with 20 second icing. Let them dry completely and some if them I stamped, and other I dusted with bronze dust. Martenitsas are fondant molded. Then I added some details to the figures. 

Thank you - I never knew of this tradition. So fun to learn about the holidays of other cultures!

Cookieland by ZorniZZa posted:

Martenitsa is a small piece of adornment, made of white and red yarn and usually in the form of two dolls, a male and a female. Martenitsi are worn from Baba Marta Day(March 1) until the wearer first sees a storkswallow, or blossoming tree (or until late March). The name of the holiday means "Grandma March" in Bulgarian and the holiday and the wearing of Martenitsi are a Bulgarian tradition related to welcoming the spring, which according to Bulgarian folklore begins in March. 
I've flooded my circles with 20 second icing. Let them dry completely and some if them I stamped, and other I dusted with bronze dust. Martenitsas are fondant molded. Then I added some details to the figures. 

This is so interesting! What a lovely tradition this is! Thank you for sharing this with us.  

This is a really lovely set of cookies, and I very much enjoyed learning about the tradition behind them! Your circles are excellent.  Tell me, did you use any sort of circular template before piping your base, or did you do it free-handed?

Bakerloo Station posted:

This is a really lovely set of cookies, and I very much enjoyed learning about the tradition behind them! Your circles are excellent.  Tell me, did you use any sort of circular template before piping your base, or did you do it free-handed?

Thank you! I covered them free-handed, almost in lying position 

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