Mademoiselle Pillow: Pattern

“If we have a black background,” she elaborates, “does green look good on it, or does orange look better? If you put orange with black, does it look like Halloween? How thick should the band be?” In production, that thought process translates into laying out each individual pillow. It takes about 15 minutes per pillow: The machine-knit wool strips are cut into sections and arranged on a diagonal, parallel and evenly spaced across the front face. Accuracy is measured visually. The wool textures are a visible celebration of their common fiber. “It’s amazing,” Notkin exclaims. “Wool coming from one little animal can turn into so many incredible things. It can be thin, thick, tufted, or felted. I think the technical world sort of mimics the natural world, but we forget that.”

Notkin eliminates imperfections with big shears.

Wielding the cutter once again, Notkin trims the edges off the knitted stripes.

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