Some of Anne Woodgate's work, in the Ox Yard Gallery

Anne and her husband Richard have their own studio and gallery at Buckland Abbey, the National Trust property near Plymouth in Devon. Their gallery sells a range of art and craft items made solely by Anne and Richard.

Anne has always had a keen interest in sewing and embroidery and has now developed her own style of freehand embroidery. Her love of flowers and the countryside are ideal subjects for her pictures. Most pictures are a combination of Richard's painting and Anne's meticulous embroidery skills. Richard paints the image onto a piece of stretched, unbleached calico, using acrylic paints. Once the picture is dry, Anne can then begin her freestyle embroidery. There is no underlying pattern to follow; instead the picture develops using a range of stitch techniques and using the finest quality cotton threads and pure silk ribbons which Anne dyes herself. Each piece of work can take many hours to complete and each is a unique and original piece of artwork. When the embroidery is finished, the piece is laced to an acid free support, then mounted and framed with materials which complement the artwork. The mountboards are acid free and the embroidery has been stretched using thread and not tape. This results in the finished artwork meeting conservation standards and will stand the test of time.

If you would like any more details about a particular picture or need any more information, Anne will be pleased to help you. Before making a special trip to the gallery, please contact first to confirm Anne will be there.