Anne Woodgate

Embroidered Art

Anne and her husband Richard have their own studio and gallery at Buckland Abbey, the National Trust property in Devon. For over twenty years, their gallery has sold a beautiful 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 developed her own style of freehand embroidery. Her embroidered pictures have always proved to be popular and can be found in private collections internationally; including the USA, Australia, New Zealand, France, The Netherlands, Germany and Japan, as well as the United Kingdom.

Peacock Butterfly on Buddleia Flowers, hand embroidered by Anne Woodgate.

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. Richard frames all of their artwork and the business began over twenty five years ago with his own paintings and framing.

If you would like any more details about a particular picture or need any more information, Anne will be pleased to help you. You can contact her by email.