First steps: Fused the original panel to some lightweight woven interfacing, trimmed all sides to square up and more closely center the image, and added some framing strips:
Here's the full thing at this stage. It's showing signs of not wanting to be a medallion layout. We'll see how it goes.
The orange fabric beside it is my touch-stone print for a made-fabric border that will range lighter/darker, brighter/duller, redder/yellower, without straying too far in any of those directions. I'd no idea, until a deep rummage through all sizes of scraps was done, how many orange/brown fabrics were in there!
My "made fabric" is all right angles , inspired by the grid-like motif that forms the panel background. Made like so:
1) Cut a heap of strips. These are mostly 1.5" and 1.75" wide:
2) Find strips of similar length and sew into strata:
3) Cross-cut and resew into sections like this:
4) Which get assembled into fabric like this:
I have a plan for that border, but it is subject to change. More pics to come...