To all those that helped with suggestions - Thanks and here is the resulting project completed!
Huge thanks to Mamaw - she suggested that I go ahead and use the Valdani Pearl Cotton suggested in the pattern. What a delight to use and the ease with which it sewed was wonderful. I did have to use regular embroidery thread on a couple of then and that was a pain. I used Fray check on the edges, the Steam a Seam 2 to place them and then hand stitched the edges. Can't wait to see Mamaw's finished wool applique!!
The Completed Project