Wendy sent this post and the photos:
Over the weekend there was much discussion about the recent request to see the “Backs”. We were a group of mixed reactions because there are many stitchers whose reverse side of their work is as beautiful as the front and then there are those of us who will show you our reverse sides only under duress. In the end after lots of laughter and jokes about “backsides” we agreed that you should see them, so here are two of the pieces for your viewing pleasure.
Among the things we’ve learned about reverse sides are that it is really important to make sure the silk work ends( the parts done with the silk perle) are very securely wrapped and tucked in on the reverse side otherwise the GST and even the GP ( gold passing) because they have ribs will catch even a hair of the silk and pull it through to the front- requiring some fiddling to get the ends back to the back or trimmed. Sometimes because of the friction in a neighboring area the slippery silk perle seems to have a mind of its own and sort of unwraps out of its spot and then the only way to fix it is to make a noose to try and capture the errant end ( about a half inch) and snug it back into place.