I have completed the first version of the marleypads :D
The inspiration for these pads came from the jergpads. The balanced sound was amazing but I thought these pads could be even better with deeper pads. Having my ears so close to the driver resulted in a more intimate soundstage, and imaging of instruments wasn't as impressive.
So I took the velour pads and stitched leather over them :D
I also added some damping holes to reduce reverb, which wasn't really apparent but I thought it couldn't hurt.
First sound impression: They sound like the velours but more balanced. They still sound as dynamic, so bass is much more punchy than with the jergpads. But mostly imaging and soundstage is back, it is amazing.
The jergpads do sound more romantic though, however I like a more dynamic sound.
I'll open up a new thread where I'll write up a how-to marleypads in case anyone is interested in replicating this experiment.
p.s. When I say jergpads, I mean my implementation of the jergpads. Maybe I did something wrong? But I think most of the problems of the jergpads (smaller soundstage, slightly slower sound) are inherent problems of the pleather pads. They are less deep and softer.
Also major props to my girlfriend since she did all the stitching and pattern designing!