Today's progress on this piece began a row or two below the striped band, and continued up the left side of the central motif. This is how I work the design elements in their correct places, with the aid of a cartoon pinned under the weaving.
I'm still debating if the striped band is a bit overpowering. I could remove one row of white and one of indigo, which was actually what my original design indicated. Given that there will be another stripe on the opposite side of the central motif, is it going to be too much?