I just received a question on Hocuspocusville. With the embroidery, it calls to back the top fabric with a piece of muslin. I did back it with muslin and am really happy with the result. The reason they have you do this is to alleviate the stitches and knots and thread carry overs from showing. It leaves a very nice result. I previously stitched the Over the River and Through the Woods and it had the same requirement to back it with muslin. The finished product is so much nicer when you do this that it is worth the extra time and money spent. Good luck on your project!!