“Leaving The Tyne, 1915”

Leaving The Tyne 1915

Leaving The Tyne 1915


My contribution to the Embroiderers Guild 100 Hearts Project, commemorating the end of the First World War.


Dedicated to the memory of the men of the merchant fleet, and in particular the many immigrants and naturalised citizens who, sometimes in the face of xenophobic hostility, continued to serve their adopted country faithfully and well, and brought up their children to think of it as home. But in especial memory of my great grandfather Henry Frederick Bloom, who was Swedish, naturalised shortly after my Grandmama’s birth, and himself served throughout the War in the merchant fleet.


It has been allocated to the Liverpool exhibition, at Liverpool Cathedral, from September 7 until October 10.


  1. Mam says:

    Grandmama would have been immensely appreciative of your skill and dedication in working this piece. I think it is your best work to date, so much in so small a place.

  2. Mrs G says:

    This an outstanding piece of work. I followed your progress with great interest and the end result was worth all the effort you put into it. I’m sure it will be greatly admired at the exhibition, and deservedly so.

  3. Lady Fi says:

    Wow – what a work of love! Congrats on having it shown in the exhibition.

  4. Dima says:

    Beautiful work! More so because it has meaning to you.

  5. Jen Mullen says:

    Wow! Seeing it in completion after watching you work through the steps is a genuine pleasure. Remarkable work, Rachel!

  6. This beautiful piece of art will attract a lot of attention, because YOU have put so much attention to details, like the open windows in the ruin, the foam of waves, the way you have combined the two flags. I feel very fortunate to have been able to follow the progress and learned how you dealt with any problematic parts. There is so much we can learn from your work.

  7. Carolyn Foley says:

    Thank you for including us on your journey through the making of this piece. It truely will be classed as a family heirloom and will be a great addition to the exhibition.

  8. Terrie says:

    A meaningful piece for the memory. Great contribution.

  9. Sue Jones says:

    What a gem it is!! The story of its progress from vague idea to the stunning finished embroidery has been fascinating and inspiring. Thank you for taking us along on the journey with you. Now your little ship is starting a new journey of its own, ready to fascinate and inspire others.
    I shall have to pop up to Liverpool and see it for myself before the exhibition ends.

  10. It has been amazing to follow you making this wonderful piece, Rachel!
    Well done!
    Barbara x

  11. Lin Tarrant says:

    A really special project Rachel – will you get to Liverpool? xx

  12. Wendy says:

    It’s an incredible piece of work Rachel, well done

  13. Erica Marsden says:

    All done and wow! Your great grandfather would be chuffed.

  14. Deborah says:

    This has turned out beautiful , its such a inspirational piece you stitching is remarkable. Well Done!

  15. The amount of time and work that went into this is just amazing! A true labor of love and fitting tribute!

    Thanks so much for linking up to September’s Stitchery Link Party. Aloha hugs!

  16. susan says:

    It’s a beautiful finish. I’m so glad I got to follow along on it’s voyage to completion. Even watching how it all came about, I find myself stunned at the beauty of your vision.

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