Without any particular formula, I wanted it to feel balanced & look 'right' to my eye. This was the final combination, which I then fixed to the backing with running stitch. It would have been quicker to have machine sewn, but I particularly like the process and look of hand stitching, so hand-stitching it was !!
This is the final, untrimmed piece. I haven't cropped it because I really like the bits that stick out beyond the square frame. In hindsight, perhaps I should've used a more appropriately coloured backing instead of my usual calico! If this was a real piece of work as opposed to an exercise, I would actually unpick that flower & do the whole thing again, relocating it further upper right. Regardless of that glitch, I am very pleased with the additional extras I've added.
It is such a pretty little flower & imbued with meaning because of who it was planted in memory of. This little exercise is also special, because I have included a tiny section of one of Tanya's shirts she gave me, into the background.