What does the back look like and why do I care?
The back generally looks like a thin, dark version of the front. All that bobbin thread, made visible against the plain white substrate.
I look at the back for the same reason an artist might squinch their eyes, or look at a picture upside down or in a mirror. It works to check on the balance of the piece. From the back, I can see if the picture has unintended empty spaces or overly busy places. I can make sure I am working to the edges of the piece. It helps me check my work without the detail on the front distracting me.
The only real problem with this check is when I am working from the back, using heavier decorative threads in the bobbin. Then I have to rely on mirrors to help me see compositional problems.
2 thoughts on “what the back looks like”
Aaaah you’re so good with trees! Love that backside too
Sometimes…in it’s own way…the back is just as beautiful or interesting as the front. I also use my camera, a peep hole, a piece of cardboard with a small square cut out of the middle, inverted binoculars…etc…to get a different perspective.