This was designed for a mug rug but can be used anywhere. Shading techniques have been applied to the digitizing. The first color stop in this design is a basting stitch to hold down the fabric that is floated on top of the stabilizer. There is no need to hoop the fabric, just the stabilizer. This basting stitch also helps when cutting the stitch-out to the size of a mug rug, 6.5" by 9". Remove the basting stitch after cutting it to size.