Since it usually takes me 4-6 months to create a large piece I have to choose carefully what my ground fabric will be. I am working on a challenge piece that will be 72 x 72 which presents SOME CHALLENGE let me tell you. I have chosen this luscious linen tablecloth as my base. It is supple, worn, stained and wonky and it feels right to me. Love the shadow of the pins in this shot. I may have to do a series on shadows in the future.