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.
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.
- Embroidery : : keep it clean! (smallestforest.net)