I will happily admit to not being particularly obsessed with how the back looks, but I do try and keep it somewhat tidy. If nothing else to make sure that the 'mess' won't show through the fabric. I usually stitch on white fabric so if there's too much mess on the back it might show through as odd shadows.
But other than that, I don't worry about the back. I even use knots if I'm in a hurry or too lazy. ;-) And sometimes the craziness of the back can look really inspiring and just as pretty as the front.
Over the next couple of weeks we'll talk more about backsides and I've got a couple of tips to help you keep them tidy (if that's your thing!) I also asked a few brave stitchers to share the back of their work.
Let's kick those off with one from Aimee Ray:
I don't worry too much about what the backs look like, they are usually pretty messy. I actually think it's interesting to see the backs looking however they happen to come out, it's like a shadow or an abstract version of the front.Aimee's post about the pattern seen here.
Come back for more tales from the back side of embroidery next week! And of course feel free to add photos of your own backsides in the Flickr group. :-)