I realized I was trying to emulate metal that draped like fabric with …. fabric. So the efforts I was making to stiffen the fabric had to do with getting that interesting stiff pleating that Anatsui gets with linked stips of metal. My dislike of yesterday's piece had everything to do with that excess floppiness that came from it being fabric already. So today I thought of the embellisher, and using it to make thickish felt to cut up.
But I got distracted and ran the piece itself through the felting machine, and I kind of like this. Tomorrow, when I have no headache and lots of time, I'll felt up a swatch of fabric to cut into stiffish pieces and stitch together somehow.