Vintage crochet bedspread

I have been lent this by a friend, to see if I can administer some t.l.c….

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This is one of four large swan panels, at the centre of the bedspread, which must be 2m x 3m overall in size.

The central panels are surrounded by lovely egg motifs:

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and a Greek key border:

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all joined together by little crochet ropes:

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The whole thing must once have been magnificent, but it now has rather a lot of holes, and is in need of serious repair:

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I have found an excellent blog post on crochet repairs: http://sunshinescreations.vintagethreads.com/2009/07/part-1-repairing-crochet-how-to.html but I confess to feeling under-experienced and overwhelmed.
Would you take it on? Where would you start??

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