Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Brush Embroidery

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These brush embroidery cookies (usually in blue) were a special request from a customer. I fell in love with the way the colors look on this design so I had to list them in my Etsy store.

Brush embroidery with icing is a simple process. It works on royal icing as well as on rolled fondant. To start, draw the outer layer of petals in stiff royal icing with a #2 or #3 Wilton tip. Make the lines a little squiggly to give it a ruffled effect.

Immediately after drawing your petals, take a small stiff brush and dip it into a dish of water. Wipe the excess water on a paper towel. On the inner edge of your icing line, brush the icing inward. Do this all the way around until all of the petals have been brushed. Pipe the next layer of petals and make sure to slightly overlap the first layer. Do the same brushing process on this layer.

My brush embroidery cookies are based loosely on a rose so I like to make a center to finish the flower that represents the petals that haven't opened yet. I also try to stick with the 7,5,3 rose rule (7 petals on the outside, 5 on the next layer, 3...)but sometimes I end up with 6 and 4. It's OK... it's still pretty.


  1. WOW! I have always loved the way these cookies look and this colour combo is stunning!

  2. You were on my mind tonight and I went over to your blog a few minutes after you posted! Ironically, I just watched a YouTube video on brush embroidery! I can't wait to try it. Yours is so perfectly romantic.

    I had a question about Etsy's Storque. Do you participate in it or are you asked to be featured. I don't have a good feel for what exactly it is. I need to start promoting and I don't know what I'm doing!

  3. they look also so lovely in pink...

  4. OOOh thanks for sharing how you do this. Makes me want to go bake some cookie and decorate them. I'll let you know if I do!


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