We're now happy with the painting (I'vre darkened a lot of the tree trunk) as it is:
and I'm really ready to start working with fabric! We headed out to another op shop today but they have very little that is wool. Lots of manky old mens suits they want $40 or more for, which seems like a rip off to me. So we headed to Addicted to Fabric in Phillip and got some great wool fabric. We also got a pure wool yarn from Stitch'n time in Phillip which mum is going to knit into shape then we are going to felt it.
Some of the fabrics we're planning on using: