ETA: I decided on a soft pink...DMC 3064.
The satin stitched red flower in the centre of this band is backstitched...the instructions call for it to be backstitched first, then filled in with satin. Not sure if this was the norm at the time the original was stitched, but I have run across this in other repros, most notably Jane Turner. Here is a pic of the band stitched by TOMMYE and it looks beautiful!
Here is a closer look at the flower TOMMYE stitched
Backstitching (or double running stitch) first makes it much easier to count the satin stitches, but it is hard to do it neatly, but, I think if I use double running for the outline, then satin stitch over the outline, then double running stitch around the motif, I will get the look I am going for. I can`t take credit for this idea, it was told to me by a lady on one of the stitching boards I frequent. I am going to give it a go anyway...we will see how it turns out. I hope to have a pic up of my stitching of this band the first of the week. Thank you TOMMYE for letting me use the pics of your gorgeous stitching!
Keep stitching ladies!