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Topic: Awake : Asleep - Opposite Faces Pillowcase  (Read 18555 times)
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« on: November 05, 2007 07:59:29 PM »

Sorry about the last minute - I didn't think I'd finish, but here are my opposite pillowcases.

My theme is "awake : asleep." No great inspiration here - just the question "what are pillowcases used for?" and I generally either go to sleep on them, or lie awake on them.

I actually had some text I thought about using on the cases. One is from Plutarch, to this effect:

When we are awake, we are in one common world;
When asleep, we are in a world of our own.


And the other line I considered is from a sweet little poem by Thomas Dekker:

Golden slumbers kiss your eyes, Smiles awake you when you rise.

It was the second quote that won out, since there really is nothing better than awakening to smiles. But then I skipped the text idea, because I wanted to do faces. The faces are actually "inspired" by a line of stationery and notecards drawn and copyrighted by me when I was in college. One summer, to help raise money for school, I "marketed" a bunch of notecards and stationery similar to these faces, called "A few good laughs" (because everyone needs them). Since then, they've kind of been a "typical" item in my family's correspondence. The faces were made by tracing pennies.

For the pillow cases, I merely traced a plastic vitamin lid to make the circles and free-handed whatever came to mind for the faces. I used a pencil and a lot of spray starch to draw the circles, and I used regular DMC cotton and 19 different embroidery stitches.

Actually, I'm editing to start with the close-up of one, and then I'll show both and so forth...



Here are both pillow cases:



And here's just the white one followed by some close-ups:













And here's just the black one, followed by some close-ups:









I tried to keep the images "small"... sorry for the bulk! And sorry I couldn't do a close-up of each face - there are 46 altogether!

Let me know what you think!

And thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2007 08:08:36 PM »

awesomeness i like them  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2007 08:40:13 PM »

Great idea!  I love the bit of drool on the one sleeping guy.  That's just great!
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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2007 08:56:11 PM »

Thanks! Glad you like them.

Yeah, the drool.... that was one of those "it just fits" sorta things....!
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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2007 08:59:59 PM »

How cute! I love all of the different faces Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2007 09:22:14 PM »

Cute!
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2007 09:31:55 PM »

Those must have been so much fun to embroider! Kudos!
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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2007 09:34:41 PM »

it reminds me of the smiley stickers i used to get from that magazine. Highlights for children...
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« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2007 10:22:01 PM »

Hahaha, that is so adorable
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« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2007 01:19:57 AM »

WOW! That must have taken a long long time!! awsome job!!
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« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2007 02:33:07 AM »

What a neat idea! I love these!
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« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2007 03:29:29 AM »

 I find this soooo awsome!!
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« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2007 04:10:50 AM »

Wow!!  These are so great!  I am completely suprised to find out that I was not the only one to immediately think Highlight Magazine!  I really, really want them!! 
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« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2007 04:17:42 AM »

Gorgeous result, and your stitching is so precise. Love all the expressions on the faces. Fabulous work! Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2007 04:23:01 AM »

That's funny that it reminds you of Highlights magazine! It really wasn't Highlights inspired. I've never actually looked at that magazine, except from across the waiting room at the dentist! I think Highlights must've been after my "growing up" time - either that, or I was deprived as a kid!

I'm going to have to look at it now to check out their stickers! I'm curious...

Sewsew - it's funny that you want them! They weren't hard to make, just time-consuming. When I finished them, I sat there scratching my head wondering, "What the heck am I going to do with them, now that their done?"

Thanks for all the nice compliments!
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« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2007 04:43:21 AM »

i love the little boy with the drool!  it reminds me of my brother!  just this past weekend he was drooling on one of my pillows!  thank goodness for pillow cases!  great job!!!
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« Reply #16 on: November 06, 2007 04:54:05 AM »

they look so perfect! Great flippin job.
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« Reply #17 on: November 06, 2007 05:19:41 AM »

Wow! those are amazing!! Great idea!! tht drooly face is cute and so natural, like someone said in earlier post..'it fits'.

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« Reply #18 on: November 06, 2007 07:36:13 AM »

oh wow, what a crazy amount of work! good job!
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« Reply #19 on: November 06, 2007 08:12:28 AM »

FANTABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #20 on: November 06, 2007 11:24:20 AM »

I love this!
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« Reply #21 on: November 06, 2007 01:38:41 PM »

This looks like you spend a lot of time on it.
And it look worth it very much.

They are almost too nice to actually sleep on (I did say almost), and waking (or falling asleep) on them, would be so nice).

Waking with kisses indeed.

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« Reply #22 on: November 06, 2007 02:04:37 PM »

wow!  so cute Smiley

I love all the little faces... the detail on these are great!!
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« Reply #23 on: November 06, 2007 04:30:43 PM »

you kick butt!!! wow!
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« Reply #24 on: November 06, 2007 08:13:17 PM »

amazing.. must have taken forever!!!!
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« Reply #25 on: November 06, 2007 08:56:40 PM »

beautiful. I love the contrast of the white, red, and yellow on the black pillowcase. It's simple, but I wouldn't have thought of it.  Smiley Nice job!
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« Reply #26 on: November 07, 2007 07:17:22 AM »

This is awesome!
Great work!
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« Reply #27 on: November 07, 2007 07:30:35 AM »

these are fantastic.  I love them.  The expressions are all so different. Great Job!!!
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« Reply #28 on: November 07, 2007 08:04:34 AM »

Wow!!!  This is so awesome.  Must have taken a lot of time and patience!  Love it! Grin
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« Reply #29 on: November 07, 2007 10:03:26 AM »

Very nice! I like how there a random one that doesn't really go there but fits in perfectly like the pig or the pumpkin.
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« Reply #30 on: November 07, 2007 03:52:57 PM »

Awesome! And do I spy Charlie Brown napping among the other faces on the sleepy pillow?
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« Reply #31 on: November 07, 2007 04:44:31 PM »

Too cute. Great idea.
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« Reply #32 on: November 07, 2007 06:05:48 PM »

Thanks, everyone!

Yep - (like I mentioned on my blog post about the pillow cases) Charlie Brown just sort of materialized. I typed it before I realized what a corny pun it sounded like!

These were fun to do. I've had some suggestions - like matching sheets and a matching quilt.... but that would take forever!
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« Reply #33 on: November 09, 2007 01:58:36 PM »

These are so creative!
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« Reply #34 on: November 09, 2007 09:18:41 PM »

These are fantastic - I just love all the different expressions on the faces.  What a great idea!
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« Reply #35 on: November 14, 2007 02:20:42 PM »

I think this turned out beautifully! The idea is very original and I think you caught the "essence" of the theme perfectly. That's why I voted for it!
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« Reply #36 on: November 15, 2007 11:28:41 AM »

Waaaw so detailed nice job!
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« Reply #37 on: November 19, 2007 06:47:40 PM »

Golden slumbers kiss your eyes, Smiles awake you when you rise.

The Beatles turned that into song lyrics, too.

What a great concept, I love it!
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