Penguin Threads – Clever Design

Penguin Threads Secret Garden Book Jacket Designed by Jillian Tamaki
Penguin Threads Secret Garden Book Jacket Designed by Jillian Tamaki
Penguin Threads Secret Garden Book Front Designed by Jillian Tamaki
Penguin Threads Secret Garden Book Front Designed by Jillian Tamaki
(Images from here)

Commissioned by award-winning Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, the Penguin Threads series debuted with cover art by the supremely talented Jillian Tamaki. I was blown away by her exquisitely embroidered classics book-covers and particularly love her Secret Garden cover.

Penguin Threads Black Beauty Book Jacket Designed by Jillian Tamaki
Penguin Threads Black Beauty Book Jacket Designed by Jillian Tamaki
Penguin Threads Emma Book Jacket Designed by Jillian Tamaki
Penguin Threads Emma Book Jacket Designed by Jillian Tamaki
(Images from here)

The series now continues with cover art by Rachell Sumpter – beautiful gift-worthy classics. The covers are sketched out in a traditional illustrative manner and then hand-stitched using a needle and thread. The final covers are sculpt embossed for a tactile, textured and beautiful book design. See what you think…

Penguin Threads The Wind in The Willows Book Jacket Designed by Rachell Sumpter
Penguin Threads The Wind in The Willows Book Jacket Designed by Rachell Sumpter
Penguin Threads The Wind in The Willows Book Cover Designed by Rachell Sumpter
Penguin Threads The Wind in The Willows Book Cover Designed by Rachell Sumpter
Penguin Threads The Wizard of Oz Book Jacket Designed by Rachell Sumpter
Penguin Threads The Wizard of Oz Book Jacket Designed by Rachell Sumpter
Penguin Threads The Wizard of Oz Book Cover Designed by Rachell Sumpter
Penguin Threads The Wizard of Oz Book Cover Designed by Rachell Sumpter
Penguin Threads Little Women Book Jacket Designed by Rachell Sumpter
Penguin Threads Little Women Book Jacket Designed by Rachell Sumpter
Penguin Threads Little Women Book Cover Designed by Rachell Sumpter
Penguin Threads Little Women Book Cover Designed by Rachell Sumpter
(Images from here)

If you’d like to learn more about the Penguin Threads or the Penguin Classics range, you can check out the website here.

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Comments (31)

They are beautiful aren’t they! I love The Wind in the willows! This would be the dream commission for an embroidery artist!

I like the Wind in the Willows, too. I think I would like it framed on my wall…

This is a lovely post!
Thanks for bringing this to light.. they’re simply amazing and wonderful and a little bit quirky too 😉
Would you mind if I shared your post on my blog please?
Robyn x (also in Sydney) 😀

Hi Robyn – so glad you like the ‘threads’. I do, too.

Be my guest!

Cheers
Jo

They are really gorgeous Jo… and thankyou!! 😀
Robyn x

Reblogged this on Daisy Quilts and commented:
With Jo’s permission, I’m reblogging her wonderful post about these gorgeous books!!

Oh WOW! This is amazing! I’ve re-posted this on a Fb book review site I follow, hope that’s OK 🙂

Hi Ellen – the more the merrier, I reckon. Cheers 🙂

Ooops I should’ve said which site! It’s the Newtown Review of Books (https://www.facebook.com/NewtownBooks)

Little Women book designs are my favourites – how long would they take to do? Wonderful.

Zac – I reckon they would take far longer than I have the patience for (and I have opposable thumbs!)

Love, love, love these. Breathtaking.

OMG! I am totally buying a few of these for Christmas gifts – and maybe one for myself! What a great way to remind people of how special tangible books can be!

You and LM are in total agreement on this, SSFAM. Beautiful, aren’t they.

Gorgeous and some of my all time favourite stories, what a truly fabulous find, thank you!

What’s lovely is how the classics hold such a special memory for so many people. I reckon the Penguin marketing team are onto a winner!

Those designs are gorgeous!

Hi-ho Clowie. Cheers for stopping by. I agree!

Hope you dont mind but I will be re-blogging this….beautiful books thankyou for bringing them to my notice, two of my favorite things….classic literature and stitchery! I immediately hopped over to the website to buy one as a gift [ Wizard of Oz ].
Aalid

Awww – thanks, aalid. Always happy to have the love shared. Cheers!

Reblogged this on mageandraven and commented:
Lovely post from This Sydney Life, stiched book cover designs, and Penguin seemed have chosen some of my favorite books! I have already bought one of these as a gift for a Wizard of Oz loving friend.

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The beauty of a book – nothing will replace it. Thanks for sharing Syders! Long live books!

Hello lovely Marina! Totally agree – nothing beats a good book. A real one. They even smell good!

i agree! the smell of books! and they look so good lined up on a shelf 🙂

I saw the one of Emma the other day in the bookstore it was very pretty!

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