I thought I’d post a pic of what my January’s Garnet Fairy looks like from the back. There’s been conversation on Facebook pages, etc., about what everyone’s project looks like from the back. Is it neat? Is it messy? Some take care in the appearance on both sides while some don’t take quite as much care because they know the piece will end up being framed and the back will be non-visible in the end.
While I don’t obsess about it 24/7, I do try to make my back as neat as possible. That can get tricky when you have a lot of confetti stitches. I recently learned, and started using, a new technique called looping when starting a stitch. I found that this has helped tremendously in reducing the amount of “tails” on the back of the project.
About.com defines looping as follows:
When starting a stitch on perforated paper or plastic canvas, secure the stitch with a loop. This method works for one strand or even numbers of strands.
- Cut a length of floss that is twice as long as usual. Separate out one or two strands and re-align.
- Double the floss and thread the needle, leaving a loop on the end.
- Pull the floss through the paper or canvas, leaving the loop on the back as shown in the photo.
- Slip the needle through the loop and tighten it.
- Begin the first cross stitch as usual.
Note: Take care when using this stitch on fabric, especially linen, because the fabric may be warped when the loop is pulled tight.
Here’s what my project looks like from the back:
What does your back look like? Neat? Messy? Do you care?