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This was my first experience with string work and – in summary – my feelings are complicated.  The effects can be fabulous but, in my case anyway, there was a lot of swearing.  And prep!  I read and watched every video listed (thank you so much Christine for providing easy access to so many resources).  I took into account all the pointers – I used egg whites, not meringue powder (thanks Julia!), added glucose, spread it around for air bubbles and used a stocking as a sieve.  As a result, It took Forever! But, the consistency turned out well – which was something I was really fearful about.   The advance work Isa pain but critical.

The base cookie is gingerbread, about 4.5” in diameter.  It is about 5.5” tall.

Generally speaking, the piping went well.  The swearing came from being inconsistent in the length of the loops and my being clumsy.  Really clumsy.  I bumped the table, knocked pieces over didn’t give the cookies separating the tiers enough time to dry.  There were a lot of do overs and restarts.

In the end though, I had a great time and am relatively happy with the results.  My husband thinks I spun gold.  He wasn’t around for all the swearing.

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This was my first experience with string work and – in summary – my feelings are complicated.  The effects can be fabulous but, in my case anyway, there was a lot of swearing.  And prep!  I read and watched every video listed (thank you so much Christine for providing easy access to so many resources).  I took into account all the pointers – I used egg whites, not meringue powder (thanks Julia!), added glucose, spread it around for air bubbles and used a stocking as a sieve.  As a result, the consistency turned out well – which was something I was really fearful about.   

The base cookie is gingerbread, about 4.5” in diameter.  It is about 5.5” tall.

Generally speaking, the piping went well.  The swearing came from being inconsistent in the length of the loops and my being clumsy.  Really clumsy.  I bumped the table, knocked pieces over didn’t give the cookies separating the tiers enough time to dry.  There were a lot of do overs and restarts.

In the end though, I had a great time and am relatively happy with the results.  My husband thinks I spun gold.  He wasn’t around for all the swearing.

Congratulations Lisa, your work is so gorgeous for being your very first experience!!! You always make me laugh with your descriptions. Well done, dear friend!β™₯️

LOL - Thank goodness for appreciative/supportive husbands, right?! It does look great though (one would never know it was preceded by lots of swearing! )

Thank you Julia.  Yes, my husband was quite supportive on this one.  I was on the phone with my sister and told her that I needed to strain the icing through stockings  and she said, "We're in a pandemic! We don't go anywhere! Who has stockings?" To which I said, "Target." So, my husband had to do a Target run for curbside pickup. πŸ˜‚

Your husband is right, you did spin gold - white gold! I can completely relate to everything that you went through, including all of those "additional opportunities for learning" as I have often said before. But curse words and do-overs aside, I can also see things from your husband's perspective. This tiered stringwork design is both classic and elegant, and looks as though the creator effortlessly piped those strings like a master. This is really gorgeous work!

Your husband is right, you did spin gold - white gold! I can completely relate to everything that you went through, including all of those "additional opportunities for learning" as I have often said before. But curse words and do-overs aside, I can also see things from your husband's perspective. This tiered stringwork design is both classic and elegant, and looks as though the creator effortlessly piped those strings like a master. This is really gorgeous work!

Thank you so much Christine.  I was so terrified during this entire process.  Suspended string work is just so fragile!!! I probably should have done a count or something to help with consistency of loop length.  But that would mean breathing, which really didn't happen that consistently on this one!  I am pleased with the result but I literally tension pain when I was finished!πŸ˜‚

As I'm slowly looking at posts over the last few weeks I keep running across one gorgeous stringwork piece after another! I missed this one of yours @LisaF. Ugh!! It's so, so beautiful! You've got this technique down girlfriend . I love this one with the cookie layers. Your work just keeps getting better and better. Fabulous my dear cookie friend ❀️❀️❀️ Hugs...

As I'm slowly looking at posts over the last few weeks I keep running across one gorgeous stringwork piece after another! I missed this one of yours @LisaF. Ugh!! It's so, so beautiful! You've got this technique down girlfriend . I love this one with the cookie layers. Your work just keeps getting better and better. Fabulous my dear cookie friend ❀️❀️❀️ Hugs...

Thank you so much my lovely friend. I do hope you are recovering and feeling better. Big big hug!

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