|Front side: patches machine-stitched onto a piece of felted sweater.|
|Back side: now the geometric stitching is the focus. Completely different.|
|An unfinished knit piece I acquired.|
(left=back side) (right=front side)
Stitching is functional, but it can also create an interesting pattern or visual effect.
Whenever I'm stuck, I can usually get new ideas just by turning a piece upside-down or inside-out. I actually find that I often like an abstract painting that I've labored over better if I turn it so a different side is up!
It can be helpful to keep samples, or a photo collection, or notes, to help you remember particularly interesting techniques. You never know when you'll need some inspiration!