I did a bit more tie dyeing, and some of the better results are below (there were many more pieces of cloth but I won't be boring and show them all):
Then I began to produce some of the heavily textured black cloth that might go into the final design. Both make use of repeated randomly sewn circles to make the fabric pucker:
Finally, Sian has suggested using some heavy duty underlay felt. I decided to experiment with layers of standard craft felt. I made the following box from 3 layers of felt, and it is very sturdy so I think this would do fine:
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