I had in mind a particular layout for my main blog. It involved a hand stitched banner, with a crochet avatar of matching wool. I tried several different fabric and wool combinations, finally ending up with 4 ply on calico. Which of course I didn't wash or iron first.You can't tell but I did draw out the letters first in tailor's chalk. So after a night spent stitching, I washed and dried it, alongside the sheets, on a moody, cloudy day.