02 April 2011

Eureka! Embroidered Books?

Embroidery covers? Oh yeah baby! Illustrator, cartoonist, and embroiderer Jillian Tamaki was commissioned by Penguin to create embroidered covers of some classic literature. Aren't they beautiful? According to Jillian's site, the new embossed covers will be released October 2011. Click here to see shots of her work in progress, close-ups, and the Black Beauty cover.


So what do you think? Will you be buying one? Which is your favorite?

Credit: First spotted at the deliciously addictive Happiness Is.
Image credit: These images are the property of Jillian Tamaki and Penguin USA.

54 comments :

  1. I have seen them. Aren't they beautiful? :) Even though I already have Emma as well as The Secret Garden, I would love to own the embroidered versions too.

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  2. Oh! These are gorgeous! I really like the Emma one. Thanks for sharing this...I've never seen them!

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  3. I'm impressed. What a neat idea for classic covers. Its reflective of the times.

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  4. Okay - totally must have. I'll be watching for them.

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  5. Now those are just gorgeous! I'm sold! I like to think of my books as artwork to begin with! :)

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  6. I love Happiness Is! Only I saw these on my friend's site Suphacute - she writes about cool art and toys and stuff. I think these are amazing and I am hoping they will be in a decent price range because I want them!

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  7. I hadn't seen these before, but they're super cool! Up close the cover for Emma is really pretty, and I might buy Secret Garden again, this time for the cover :)

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  8. I saw these in Shelf Awareness and FELL IN LOVE! So beautiful! She's insanely talented.

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  9. Wow, those are impressive! Does anyone else get the 70s crafty vibe?

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  10. I saw these over at Angie's! They're lovely, aren't they? And so creative! :)

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  11. I love these and can't wait to see what these look like on the actual book.

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  12. They're gorgeous! I hope she does more Austen.

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  13. I just went to the site - and wow they are gorgeous!!!! Amazing!

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  14. Misha: Definitely :) I'm leaning on Secret Garden. It's been ages since I've read it and I don't own a copy :)

    Christina: :) Your welcome

    Gina Precious: Totally! :)

    BookBelle: Yay! Which is your fav?

    Melissa: True! Me too! :)

    Cat: I know. She's SO grand. *fingers crossed* for a good price :)

    Lizzy: That's the one I'm considering too :)

    Misty: Oooo I've never been to Shelf Awareness. Thanks for the heads up :) You're right btw, she is insanely talented.

    Carrie Hammock: I love the hand on the Emma cover flap :)

    Tipsy: Oooo brilliant! Good call! I totally see that now.

    Sandy: Love them :0

    Jenny N. & Blueice: Me too :)

    Brazen & Walltowall: Agreed :)

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  15. Wow, aren't they pretty?! I wouldn't buy one for myself because I give all my books away after reading them, but they might make a great gift for someone else.

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  16. Wow! These are really amazing. How creative. I would definitely like to own these. My favorite is the one for The Secret Garden! Thanks for sharing, Juju =).

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  17. I think they're so pretty and whimsical. The Secret Garden cover is my fave.

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  18. How much would I have loved one of those when I was around 13... I was always decorating my jeans and pillow cases ect. I had the most beautiful sewing box full of treasures.

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  19. those are gorgeous! love the colors. i'm tempted to get one.

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  20. LOVE these covers but I have a feeling they are going to be really expensive. Any clue on the pricing?

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  21. How beautiful! I'd definitely get The Secret Garden. What a wonderful idea!

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  22. Very pretty! Also I love how pink they are :)

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  23. They are pretty. I like the Emma one. I would be willing to buy them if it is one of the books I don't already own.

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  24. Joy: You do? Wow. You don't keep any? You go girl! :)

    Bere & NotNessie: Mine too :)

    Room: Really? How coool! You sound like you were crafty from a very young age :) Do you still have the sewing box?

    Chelley: Me too :)

    Cialina: I don't. But as soon as I hear I will post it :)

    Julie: Agreed :)

    Cari: OOoo yah! True. Me too come to think of it ;)

    Alexis: Good call :)

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  25. I love them and don't know if I could pick a favorite.

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  26. Love the cover for The Secret Garden.

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  27. Bermuda: I feel ya ;)

    MC: Me too :)

    Darlyn: Agreed :)

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  28. oooo, love these! i'm leaning towards black beauty. haven't read it yet.

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  29. OH, NO...I'm DOOMED!!! I just started collecting the Penguin classics with the Coralie Bickford designs. These here are just my kind of fun and whimsy. I'll have to keep my eye on them. THANK YOU! (I guess :)

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  30. Of the two shown here...definitely the Secret Garden. But really, they are all so lovely...why choose!

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  31. VV: Me neither :) Good pick!

    GG: Yah! *happy dance* Hope you love them!

    GMR: Amen sista ;)

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  32. These are super cute! I like the Secret Garden one better.

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  33. I saw these the other day. They're so pretty! The Emma cover is my favourite.

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  34. Wow, I really can't decide which one I like better. Thanks for sharing, Juju!

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  35. Jenny Girl: Me too :)

    Alita: I love the foot and hand on the Emma one :)

    JessicaBookLover: It's hard :)

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  36. Seriously, this is just pure wonder! I would have to buy one just on principle of supporting should an object. Then I would have to pick up Secret Garden for my friend bc that used to be her favorite when we were young!

    Mad Scientist

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  37. This was my Cover Crazy yesterday! LOVE THESE. I think The Secret Garden is my favorite b/c it's so intricate, but I'm also really pulled to Black Beauty b/c, um, HORSE!!! :)

    The embroidery is fantastic. I hope Penguin Threads releases other titles as well!

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  38. Backwards Story: Hi! :) Welcome. I think that's my fav too.

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  39. Beautiful! These covers would be the only things to compete with my new love of Kindle!

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  40. Renee Ann: Congrats on your new Kindle! Isn't it glorious all the free Christian Fiction reads?

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  41. Oh, I'm in love! This is the first time I've seen these, and I am going crazy over them. I'm definitely going to have to get my hands of some of them.

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  42. I like the Black Beauty one best, though all of them are gorgeous. *sigh* They sure know how to get us to buy another copy of a book we already own, don't they?

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  43. Wow. Those are gorgeous! I'd love to have the Secret Garden one, but they're both simply stunning. Wonderful find.

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  44. Christie: You didn't say which is your fav? :)

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  45. Sounds like a lot of work...just thinking about it makes my fingers ache :)

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