Here I pinned two strips of tape to the applique. I have placed them in this position, where they cross at the bottom, as it reminds me of the borders you find on kitchen cloths. I think the long strip of tape on the left needs to move further left though. It had been my intention to apply the tape and then add more surface stitching to the whole piece. Looking at this though I now think I will apply the tape last, after all the surface embroidery is complete. The white of the tape is so refreshing and pure that I don't want it to be lost under a mass of embroidery. I also think it will 'make a statement' if the text is clearly visible and readable. This morning I am going to mark out my design for the embroidery, on the reverse in tailors chalk.
If you look at this last picture you can see the difference in the applique after damp stretching. In the images from my last post the petals look less raised and less 'finished'. They look so much nicer now!