There is something satisfying in turning a rag-a-mag-tag piece into something functional, even if marginally functional. A purely decorative piece based on a peasant tradition of patching holes to extend the life of a wardrobe rubbed me the wrong way… in the same way that basing a fashion trend on torn/refugee-like/distressed garments rubs me the wrong way. Wearing out an article of clothing by LIVING in it seems so much more in accord with good value and good values.
The last felt house was constructed as a grouping of fabric panels first, and then the branches added, second. This time, the branches are integral to the construction, creating some decisions about which way to push the edges.
“Having a spine” is a refrain, here. And “building supports in”.