Whether or not you want to back your fabric is entirely up to you.
If the fabrics that you have chosen are particularly thin, then you may wish to add a layer behind it to support the fabric while stitching. Or use an embroidery hoop to add tension, which can make stitching easier.
If you have chosen thicker fabrics to work with, you should be fine to stitch without any interfacing or backing fabric. If you want a quilted effect, then you can add a layer of batting behind the painted fabric before stitching.
Once your work is finished you can add a decorative backing, if you wish. This will depend on the function of the final piece of work, what you choose to make and whether you want the back of the stitching to be visible or not.
Continue your journey in stitch…
If you’ve been inspired by Stitch Camp with Gwen Hedley, maybe you’d relish the chance to learn from other renowned artists from all over the world?
The TextileArtist.org Stitch Club is a monthly membership designed to help you expand your textile technique toolkit, get creative on a regular basis and develop the way you make textile art.
Click here to find out more or register for Stitch Club