It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
On Saturday I spent a blissful few hours at Judith Blacklock Flower School in Knightsbridge at the Christmas wreath making class. I’ve wanted to try flower arranging for the longest time and so I decided to dip my toes into the floristry waters with a half-day wreath making class first.
The flower school is nestled in a quiet corner of Knightsbridge but is still only a stones throw from Harrods. I arrived a little early and was greeted by Judith and Tom and a cup of coffee. Class sizes are kept small, we were a group of 8, and Judith runs through each stage with the group before supporting everybody individually.
We started by learning how to wire our decorations including lotus seed pods, dried orange slices, dried limes and cinnamon sticks before moving on to preparing the base for our wreath. Materials all prepped it was time to assemble the wreath and let our creativity run riot. I really enjoyed picking out and placing my decorations to create the wreath I wanted, and every single wreath was different which was wonderful.
Work is typically busy at the moment (when isn’t it?) so it was really refreshing and liberating to be able to focus on something else entirely for a morning and channel all of my attention into being creative. I left feeling incredibly relaxed which is something I haven’t felt for a while!
Judith is running another wreath class on 7 December but I’m already looking ahead to next year and trying another course, at the moment I’m mulling over the one day taster and the peony and hydrangea specific courses – two of my favourite flowers. The classes are pricey but the equipment and Judith’s time and experience are worth every penny.
I had a lovely time and I’d recommend trying something creative and out of your comfort zone to anyone.