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!