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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Embroidered book covers

How breathtakingly gorgeous are these embroidered book covers by Jillian Tamaki? She made them for Penguin Books, and rumor has it that they'll be available this fall. SO beautiful. (I'm sure Jane Austen would have wholeheartedly approved. I love Emma's little freckles!)

P.S. More + amazing + book covers.

(By Jillian Tamaki, via Black Eiffel)

106 comments:

bird and tree said...

I have to say...I am super excited about this...I was an English major in college...so seeing this kinda made my heart sing!

gemma said...

amazing!!!

Kimberly @ Daily Sip Studios said...

Beautiful! I especially love the Secret Garden cover.

Joanna Goddard said...

i was an english major too! :) and emma is one of my favorite books of all time.

Joanna Goddard said...

ps. did you guys see the Emma miniseries, btw? it was sooooo good.

http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com/2010/01/emma-miniseries.html

ALICE IN DESIGNLAND said...

So cool, I've never seen anything like that before.

Susan said...

also english major. i dislike dust jackets and often remove them...these make me overjoyed however. lovely

17 Perth said...

Wow. These are awesome. I haven't ever seen anything like these.

marissa from the boot said...

i have such respect for people who embroider well...it's so hard! i tried to make embroidered valentines this year and it was challenging to say the least!
i can't wait for these to come out!

abode love said...

These are maybe the MOST amazing things I've seen in a LONG time! Thanks for sharing!

abodelove.blogspot.com

maggie said...

i wonder how many will come out if they are embroidered? how do they replicate them? they are gorgeous! i want one!! ;-)

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

they're so gorgeous, i always thought hard covered books were treasures, but now with the emroidery theyre so special.


<3 steffy
Steffys Pros and Cons

valeriedray said...

Lovely! Have you seen those, they are also gorgeous handbags.
http://www.olympialetan.com/

janis said...

how pretty! i love embroidered everything! :)

Mina said...

How adorable!! I will certainly be getting some of these!! : )

Maia McDonald said...

So pretty, I would love to have a complete Jane Austen collection with these covers.

Diana Mieczan said...

They are truly gorgeous and I totally love Emma! Have a lovely day:)

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

These are BEYOND amazing- I'm instantly obsessed with the Black Beauty one- so hope these will be available for purchase!

Stacy said...

those are very pretty! I love it!

MG said...

These are great. With an embroidered cover, any of these books would make a wonderful gift!

Wallace said...

I'm laughing because a similar post is in my drafts file right now, haha! I'm in love with these as well -- Penguin has really knocked cover art out of the ballpark in the past couple of years. Good marketing (and icing on the cake for booklovers)!

Abbie said...

LOVE this post!!

Sarah said...

Wow those are gorgeous! It adds even more character to the books. Such a great idea.

- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

2Anchor said...

These are beautiful! Although I own most of those books, I'm going to have to repurchase, just for the covers!

http://2anchor.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

Another English major here! :) Beautiful books make my heart skip a beat!
Lisa

HiLLjO said...

I'm probably gonna go make a Catcher in the Rye one... now. Those are beautiful.

Jordan P said...

What a brilliant idea. I love that black beauty.

Juliet Montesquieu said...

Nifty!

the teacup chronicles said...

ah! The image for The Secret Garden is perfect!

Sunshine said...

Awesome!!! Secret Garden is my fav.

lynette said...

Beautiful! Great gift for book lovers!

SizzleandZoom said...

Lovely idea.

Jesse said...

so pretty! i think i would be scared to read the books with my usual tea and cookies for fear of my imminent spazziness.

Sara Szatmary said...

I would probably treat this more like a piece of art than a book. They're stunning!

Christina Dietz said...

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Jet said...

AMAZING !!!! I haven't seen that before . Love it ^^~



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Natalie's Life said...

beautiful! What a great idea.

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carolyn said...

wow! i am loving these and loving this wave of attention on book cover designs. fingers crossed that these will be available to collect!

christine donee said...

Wow - those are so adorable. I'd love to have a few :)

xoxo
Christine
www.aquietdetermination.blogspot.com

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

wow! such beautiful detail, i love them. xoxo jcd

Flora said...

These are so beautiful, can't wait for them to be released!

Saige White said...

Oh, those are so gorgeous! And those all happen to be my favourite books! :)

Saige White said...

Oh, those are so gorgeous! And those all happen to be my favourite books! :)

monkeyandsquirrel said...

swoon... melt...

:)

ladydazy said...

Beautiful!!!

Bethany said...

If I ever get a book published, I'm going to do whatever it takes to get her to do my cover. Amazing. <3

Kate said...

soooooooooo beautiful! love the details on the horse, I really hope they come out for sale!
do you have any idea how much they will be?
www.styleisalwaysfashionable.blogspot.com

Sydney said...

Ahh you have to check out Olympia Le Tan!! She makes purses that are embroidered book covers and they are incredible. Natalie Portman wore one to the opening of Black Swan. http://www.olympialetan.com/

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Kathryn said...

These are so so lovely!

Gayatri Kumar said...

Oh. So pretty! :) Love the colors theyve used - great collectors items I must say!

xx G

Look who's Wearing (LwW)

Jenni Bailey said...

Can't wait! I love that Secret Garden cover.

Foray said...

Those are amazing! What a pretty way to decorate a bookshelf.

Costume Diva said...

beautiful! Cant wait to get these. I could see ANthropologie picking these up too.

Jenni Austria Germany said...

well i wasn't really an english major (so close!) but i am an english teacher and i daresay my school needs to get their hands on this set of books asap.

Emily said...

I desperately want Emma. I have a 4 month old little girl, named Emma Rose and she needs this. Just perfect!

Jackie said...

In an age when people are dumping their hardcover books for Kindles and iPads, it's lovely to see such painstakingly beautiful work for book covers. I especially love the Black Beauty cover. Lush.

Jessica Ochs said...

Oh I need The Emma cover!! And I would love to give the Secret Garden to my daughter. What a perfect gift! I hope they are available soon!

Jan | Poppytalk said...

so beautiful aren't they?

Zelina Garza said...

how creative <3

annie markantonatou said...

stunning covers!

http://anmarkdesign.blogspot.com/

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

Okay, those are just too precious! Love love love them!

XO
Lenore

Sarah Morgan said...

I MUST have these. So wonderful.

Laura said...

I was an English major too and am now a librarian. I'd like to post these images to my library blog if that's ok.

http://livelovelibrary.blogspot.com

dreamday said...

love the colors... i can picture my grandma embroidering when i see these. sweet memories, xo

Theresa said...

I just bought a number of these (http://www.designspongeonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/penguinclassics1.jpg) for Christmas presents last year...looks like the crocheted ones will be on 2011's list! Beautiful.

DeAnna Caggiano said...

Hey! I read today that the movie clueless is based off of Emma - with some modernizations of course :)

Just a fun fact

(deannacaggiano.blogspot.com)

rebecca s. said...

breathtaking.

i'd love to embroider a basic book cover for my husband... inspired! (of course it will never compare to these beauties!)

iheartkiwi said...

Black Beauty was my favorite growing up :)

These are beautiful!

jessd6 said...

Beautiful!

Melanie's Randomness said...

Oh those are beautiful!! I love the Black Beauty one! =)

Melanie's Randomness

Nicole said...

the secret garden cover makes me want to read it again RIGHT NOW! gorgeous.

i like the freckles on emma too <3

Emily G. said...

I had seen these before, but I didn't know that they were embroidered! Fantastic!

ElizabethB said...

My grandmother taught me to embroider when I was seven. She would also have us thread -tons- of needles with the colors she would need and pin the strands to towels so she could do her sewing without having to stop. I really appreciate people who have this skill!

Barnes and Noble have a collection of books with revamped covers as well. Books like HG Wells stories and Alice in Wonderland- so pretty!

Anonymous said...

I lOVE LOVE LOVE these!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rebecca said...

omg, how did i forget about black beauty? oh, childhood.... sigh.

Kimber and Casey said...

these ARE adorable Joanna!

I'm seriously amazed at your ability to find the cutest hippest things!

Nicole LeLacheur said...

I absolutely love these books, I can't wait to buy them. Check my blog for a Jillian Tamaki podcast that's in the works!

caitlin said...

These are beautiful. I hope she does sell them soon so I can start using them as gifts to my English Lit. major friends/myself :)

Beth said...

These are so adorable! I love the Black Beauty cover! Especially because that was my favourite book/movie growing up.

TaraMetBlog said...

So pretty, they would be perfect for framing in a child's room.

Lauren said...

Ooo! I can't comment for Emersonmade because the comments are full at 5k. But I did check out their site, and (even though this comment won't count) I love their clutches (especially the dandy zebra one, oooo but the pink and yellow ones are so cheerful). Honestly thought, what's not to like. Dresses, the stripey bag and scarf---so much to love. Thanks for pointing them out!

andrea said...

swoooon! those book covers are beautiful! i wish they would come out earlier though

emily said...

oh, I couldn't comment on the emersonmade post either! Are you accepting more than 5k comments? (and that's crazy - 5k! testament to yours and emersonmades popularity, i think!). I didn't even have to look at the site to say that i love all of it, but esp. the bluebell jeans, the tweed blazer, the silk tie shirts, and the spring topper coat. I would buy the whole line, if I could afford it!

Monica said...

I couldnt comment on emerson either:( But have to say I loooove their polka dot skirt as well as their little trinkets. Wish I had a pet duck! hope this comment can be counted!

Moni

Jennifer (apennyawish@hotmail.com) said...

same here. the comments are maxed out but i looove the tweed jacket. the navy&brass came in second place.

anabel said...

I wish I could feel it through my screen! hah! i love that it says penguin threads. very sweet. :)

A Casa da Vá said...

Oh my I want these badly...

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stephanie said...

adore these!

And, the Thursday giveaway from 3/31 said the amount of comments allowed has been reached for the EmersonMade giveaway. Is there any way to enter that still?! I love, okay no I NEED, an EM closet!

Thanks! :-)

applepie said...

lovely:) nice blog

Elizabeth Fay said...

Wow. How inspired. I want one. (P.S I would love to repost this on my blog [linking you of course]...hope that is okay).

Ivana said...

i want emerson made giveaway!

Meagan, in house nester said...

Oh wow, these are super - have been them flying around the internet, books really are a piece of art these days!
meagan
the row house nest

La Franglaise said...

wow, this is great. Will have to get my hands on one when/if they are available for sell. Great find Joanna! Have a good weekend xx

Just Add Walter said...

am dying .. I want these so bad!!

connor said...

Nice looking blog

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~*sim*~ said...

anna *SEWELL*?? hahaha, love it!

Folded Victory said...

This demonstrates the etymological closeness of text and textile ... so cool!

http://foldedvictory.blogspot.com/

anna_kh said...

i like this,
wonderful illustrations.
I'm drawing with markers and Liners, it would be cool if someone embroidered with threads of my pictures)

A.M.D said...

Absolutely fabulous! x

hayley said...

Such a great idea!! I love it!

Katie said...

Hey!

I'm a longtime fan of this blog, but have never commented until now!


I'm actually the art and design intern with the Viking/Penguin imprints over at Penguin and got to see the actual embroidered pieces a couple of weeks ago. So breathtaking! I can't wait for the books to come out either...

Holly said...

These are truly stunning! The Secret Garden is one of my all-time favorites from girlhood. I'll have to mark my calendar now so I remember to get my very own copy in October!

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Anonymous said...

Here what i found -> vision correction

Courtney said...

From the descriptions I've read about these book covers, they are embossed, not actually embroidered, unfortunately.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0143106465/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=acoj-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399373&creativeASIN=0143106465

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