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Willow Crossley Floral Masterclass

Willow Crossley and Cordelia de Castellane
Willow Crossley Floral Masterclass

Yesterday I attended Willow Crossley Floral Masterclass at Cordelia Coffee Flower Shop in Paris.

A few weeks ago, when Cordelia de Castellane announced that her dear friend Willow Crossley would be hosting a Floral Masterclass, I was quick to jump at the opportunity and secure a spot. Excited to be diving into the world of floral design under Willow’s guidance, I didn’t want to miss out on this amazing opportunity.

Willow Crossley
I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher than Willow Crossley

Willow Crossley

Renowned as UK’s Queen of Flowers, Willow Crossley is a highly acclaimed floral designer and artist, recognised for her exquisite arrangements and natural approach to floral artistry, and is also the author of several books. Her clients include the Royal family, Dior and Chanel. She is based in the idyllic Cotswolds in the English countryside, where she draws inspiration from the natural beauty that surrounds her, infusing her work with a timeless charm.

Breakfast at Cordelia Coffee Flower Shop
Breakfast at Cordelia Coffee Flower Shop

We were warmly greeted and welcomed by Cordelia and Willow and also got to meet Edoardo, the flower event manager of the shop. Then we got a free choice of breakfast. Their delightful flower infusion tempted me and a freshly baked pain au chocolat.

flower frog
Flower frog

During the masterclass we all received the most beautiful ceramic bowl, handmade by artisans in Romania, and a flower frog (also called a kenza). A flower frog is a flower pin holder with rustproof pins that hold your flowers in place. Both of these products can be bought on Willows webshop.

Willow Crossley Floral Masterclass
Willow Crossley Floral Masterclass

Floral Masterclass with Willow Crossley

Willow started with a demonstration on how to make a large centrepiece bouquet, she took us through all the steps and I learnt so many tips! But as we were about to make a smaller centerpiece she then continued and showed how she would create a centerpiece with the small bowl and the flower frog we had. And afterwards we were all handed a big bouquet of different flowers so we could create our own centerpiece. It was my very first time creating a centerpiece and working with a flower frog.

She was very attentive and came by many times if we needed any assistance or advise. In the end I had managed to create my own little centerpiece and I was so proud. Its even more special when creating your own floral arrangement. I do need to practise more but I’m very happy I participated in this Masterclass by Willow Crossley, a truly inspiring woman and a wonderful teacher.

Cordelia Coffee Flower Shop
Cordelia Coffee Flower Shop – a flower haven
Willow Crossley Floral Masterclass
Willow Crossley Floral Masterclass in Paris at Cordelia Coffee Flower Shop
Floral Workshop Paris
My floral centerpiece with a mix of flowers – Floral Workshop Paris
Willow Crossley Floral Masterclass
The centerpiece I made at Willow Crossley Floral Masterclass
Floral Masterclass
My very first floral centerpiece
Willow Crossley Floral Masterclass
The beautiful creations made by the participants
Poppies
Poppies we got to use in our bouquets
Cordelia de Castellane
Cordelia de Castellane

Cordelia de Castellane holding her book “Life in a French Country House”. And it’s available for sale in her shop Cordelia Coffee Flower shop in both French and English versions. I got a copy on my first visit to her shop and bing read it, not only do you get to know Cordelia and her background and above all her amazing eye for beauty. The book is filled with stunning images of floral compositions mixed with recipes and anecdotes.

Yellow poppy
Floral Masterclass at Cordelia Coffee Flower Shop
Nigella flowers
Nigella flowers
Nigella flowers
A beautiful centerpiece made by one of the participants
Floral Workshop
Floral Workshop with Willow Crossley in Paris
Poppy
A poppy I used in my centerpiece
Cordelia Coffee Flower Shop
The display at Cordelia Coffee Flower Shop
Cordelia Coffee Flower Shop
Flowers and Tea at Cordelia Coffee Flower Shop
Cakes at Cordelia Coffee Flower Shop
Delicious cakes at Cordelia Coffee Flower Shop

Breakfast Cordelia Coffee Flower Shop
Breakfast at Cordelia Coffee Flower Shop
About Author

This Paris blog is created and maintained by Solli, a Swedish Expat living in Paris working as a Photographer. When she is not behind the lens or setting off to a new destination she loves to be in the kitchen and play around with whole, organic and seasonal food. In this blog she shares some glimpses of her everyday life as a bonne vivante wherever in the world she might be. Enjoy following her journey through life...

5 Comments

  • Jill
    01 May 2024 at 17:30

    What a fantastic opportunity to learn from Willow Crossley! Her floral arrangements are truly stunning, and I’d love to gain insight into her creative process. I hope she will return :-)

  • Fiona
    01 May 2024 at 20:36

    What a fantastic opportunity to learn from a floral artist like Willow Crossley! So jealous!

  • Frida
    01 May 2024 at 21:15

    Attending Willow Crossley’s floral masterclass sounds like a dream! I can only imagine the knowledge and creativity she shared. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into the experience!

  • Johanna
    02 May 2024 at 10:16

    I’ve been following Willow Crossley’s work for a while now, and I’m thrilled to see she’s offering masterclasses! Her style is so unique and timeless, and I’m sure the class was filled with invaluable tips and tricks for creating breathtaking floral displays. I hope there will be a next time!

  • Christina
    02 May 2024 at 11:44

    What a feast for the eyes! Willow Crossley’s masterclass must have been a wonderful experience!

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