I needed something to remind me where I came from so I did a little freehand stitching. I tried to freehand Tennessee (my home state) but I found it a little bit more difficult. I used regular thread which I doubled up however, you can use embroidery thread. I also used some extra canvas material which I got free off www.ilovefreegle.org. Next time I do a bit of freehand embroidery I will probably sketch the design on first with a pencil.