Novice question here, how do you all stitch those incredibly neat and tidy backs?
This is just another skill you'll put in your bag of tricks as time goes on. I use the "loop" method when I start, which halves the number of times you're left with thread tails on the back of your work. I also weave threads under my work if I have a gap between stitches of the same color. It's also good to consider how the piece will be used. For items that will get heavier wear (like a cushion cover that will be used frequently) I'm more aggressive about anchoring the thread tails on the back than I am with something that will be framed or hung in some fashion. I hate to be so vague, but it's really a process that develops over time. It's likely that you'll catch on rather quickly and you may even see a difference between the stitches at the beginning of your project and those at the end. No kidding, you're going to do great!
My backs aren't as neat and tidy as some. But when I first started they'd be full of thread snarls and such, and looked just dreadful, and that isn't true anymore. Things I have done to improve my backs are to start using the pin stitch to start and end my threads, to weave the threads under other stitches if skipping over more than 4-5 stitches while stitching, and to get better at my thread management. I don't use wax anymore, but before I start stitching with a length of thread, I "love" it between my fingers, pulling it through my fingers 8 times or so. This seems to help me to avoid tangles. I think we discussed the pin stitch on some other posts here, if you poke around and are curious to know more about that.
Thank you! I was actually taught as a young girl and quite honestly didn’t pay close attention. Reading, I think I use the loop method, pre straighten or “love” the floss as I start, and finish under other stitches. Maybe just practice and being more mindful of a stitching pattern