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How to Make an Abstract Pillow Top

Oct 08, 2011
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Embrace the positive and negative in this unique pillow design. Notan is a Japanese composition style that features the interplay between light and dark or positive and negative space. Here, it’s applied to a sophisticated two-tone pillow-top design, which is then covered with topstitching. To learn more about notan, google it; you’ll find many examples and a variety of designs. To make your own notan, cut paper shapes first, and experiment with their layout. When you find a design you particularly like, use the paper version as a pattern for cutting your fabric. Judith Neukam shows you how to make this notan-inspired pillow in this article from Quick Stuff to Sew Vol. 3.

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  1. User avater charisbathel January 28th

    Classic design. I just love it. going to try this idea as soon as possible

  2. User avater RobertRaff12 January 27th

    that was awesome

  3. User avater KathJ February 29th

    I love Notan.
    After you redesign your pillows, curtains may be the next thing that should be Notan-lised?

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