Recently I've been using ivory essex linen for my stitching which is a lot lighter than the natural colour. I do try to keep the backs of my embroideries very neat, avoiding knots and carried threads, but sometimes (almost always) there is a place where I just have to carry a thread. If I then want to frame the finished embroidery in a hoop there is a risk of it shadowing on the front of the embroidery.
I originally framed this fairy in a flexi hoop temporarily but liked her so much she has stayed in the hoop with no backing. She was stitched on the natural essex linen and there is no shadowing coming through despite using black threads
As you can see, if I hold her up to the light then the shadowing is clear (all those carried threads!!). With the lighter colour Essex linen I was worried that this would show through. I normally back the hoop with felt but I would hate to put all that work in only to turn it over and realize there was a shadow of a thread showing through.
So a simple solution
I know there are lots of stabilizers out there but it seemed far simpler to just use a second piece of fabric behind the first and stitch through both. I like the effect as the fabric feels less translucent and I can still use the lovely Essex linen to stitch and no shadowing.
This works beautifully on the printed fabric panels too.
I do have a tutorial for the way I normally back a hoop over here
It would be lovely to hear about what you use as a stabilizer or backing and how you like to frame or finish your embroideries.