I spent a couple of hours this morning on the Tudor project.
I've added gold braid to cover the joins between each motif.
There is another motif that will be appliquéd to the center of the piece. I've been going back and forth about when to add the braid--completely cover the seams or wait until the center circle is added and just use braid up to the circle? I finally decided that it would likely strengthen the joins between different fabrics if I did it this way. I've been especially concerned about the silk faille on the lower left.
That part has been scary, since every time I needed to tighten the slate frame, the silk shredded more. Out of desperation, I finally glued the edges to the backing muslin. I do not know if this would be a Tudor appropriate practice, but otherwise this might have become the world's most expensive dust cloth.