Under the City by Aleathia Drehmer
When I was pregnant in 2001 I learned to cross-stitch. At first I did counted projects…very small and calculated and I did everything by the book. After awhile it got boring to do someone else’s artwork and I wanted to do my own. My boyfriend of the time purchased me a cross-stitch design software which sadly went to waste on me when I started nursing school. But years after he was said and done, I began to freestyle my own pieces. Over the years I have made pieces for friends….one about all the important conversations with a friend from Brazil, one for the birth of a friend’s child, and one for a friend who lost the love of his life.
But this piece, Under the City, has been one I have done for myself. It has taken me nearly 3 years to complete. A few stitches here and there while watching TV or something to pass lonely nights. Last night I finally finished it.
It is a little crooked from the ways that I stitched it….a little pulled in places and not at all professional, but definitely abstract! The piece is 10 inches by 7 inches and contains 12, 925 stitches (not including back stitches in the outline). I am happy to be done with this one. It has taught me many things and kept me company many a night. Despite it’s crookedness, I am going to try and find a way to mat and frame it.
I am about to embark on a series of smaller pieces that are monochromatic in which I will be using a hoop this time to avoid the stretching of the fabric in awkward ways. Thanks for taking a look at this project. A labor of love.