In the film, a minor character, Bosq the Snoring Sleeping Cat, is asleep by the warming hearth when the quarreling Birds in Hats, fighting in the branches above, cause a hat to fall off its hook and land on his napping noggin.
I discovered an old odd-ball placemat in a bag up on a shelf. It was made from a fantastic loom-woven fabric with a nice botanical motif printed on its center. It was almost perfect. I dyed it a rich yellow, soaked the fringe with matte medium to stiff the threads for stop motion use. When dry, I embroidered the pattern with wool tapestry yarns. I sooted it up with chalk dusts applied with a brush on the edges and trimmed down the fringe to scale. Once I stuffed it with a piece of wood for puppet tie downs, I could see how well it nestled in amongst the set's tree roots--right under the fighting bird's branch!
The slope of the ground there will be filled in with a sculpture of dried Answer Tree leaves to level it out as can be seen in the mock up (upper right).