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Jillian Tamaki’s designs for Penguin Threads are available now!


At last! The new Penguin Threads books with Jillian Tamaki’s embroidered artwork are available for purchase! You can get them at Amazon, and probably every other self-respecting bookstore in the world—they’re Penguin paperbacks, after all.

I just couldn’t resist re-posting these photographs from Jillian Tamaki’s blog…what luscious designs! There’s a marvelous surprise waiting for you on the inside of the book covers, as well…the reverse sides of Jillian’s embroideries! Yes! The Penguin Threads label is living up to its name wonderfully, really giving the craft of embroidery emphasis.

She’s added more in-progress shots from the project, as well…I love this snippet of text from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and so enjoyed seeing the bigger pictures of how the embroideries were worked, complete with absolutely indispensable furry-purry curled up nearby.

detail of embroidered book cover art by Jillian Tamaki

progress shot of embroidered book cover art by Jillian Tamaki

Now here’s my dilemma: I love these cover designs, but don’t care for these particular books!

I’ve read them all, and they’re not really books I need to own copies of. The Secret Garden and Black Beauty are really more young adult fare…sort of on the same shelf with Alcott’s Little Women, Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, and Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird.

I’ll just have to drool over the pictures of Tamaki’s fabulous, fabulous work, and maybe take it as a springboard of inspiration for the design of my next journal cover (I’m talking about my own personal journal..my trusty old Twist and Shout has about 50 blank pages left, I just noticed last night…I’m going to need a new journal by the start of 2012, I think.)

If you could see any literary title embroidered and published by Penguin Threads this way, which one would you choose?

Note: Hang on, your favorite title may already be in the works! The next cluster of books to be commissioned by Penguin Threads have been designed and worked by Rachel Sumpter: Little Women (Louisa May Alcott), The Wind in The WIllows (Kenneth Graham) and The Wizard of Oz (Frank L. Baum). Have a look at them on Rachel Sumpter’s Flickr.

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3 thoughts on “Jillian Tamaki’s designs for Penguin Threads are available now!

  1. I adore these and can totally appreciate the work and creativity involved in the originals. Thanks for such an interesting post. I would like to see a cover for The Thirteenth Tale done this way. It is one of my fav books–if not my fav– of all time.

  2. So beautiful and special! I can’t express the joy I feel when I look at the beautiful embroidery! Do you have a Facebook page? Thanks for sharing. The first thought that came to my mind is … I want that cover.

  3. o dio, so beautiful.. so delicate, such details, colors – what to doo? swoon.. I wait to see your new journal Nat. I’m pretty sure it’ll be even more interesting..and fiery ;)

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