Now before I begin, these beautiful Penguin Thread editions are not due to be released until October 2011 (I know, I can’t wait that long either!).
Illustrator and cartoonist Jillian Tamaki was commissioned by Penguin to design three embroidered covers for the following Penguin Classic Deluxe titles: Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty, Frances Hodgsen Burnett’s The Secret Garden and Jane Austen’s Emma.
On her Sketchblog, Jillian sounds just as excited about this project as the rest of us are:
Penguin Classics! What a dream project. When I first did my Monster Quilt, I said I wouldn’t take commissions in embroidery… unless Penguin called me for a Penguin Classics cover. Sometimes you get what you wish for (times three).
Now. Take a deep breath… et voila!
It’s too difficult to choose a favourite, they’re all stunning! However, The Secret Garden is one of my favourite childhood books. I remember when I first read it, I had to re-read the first page a million times just to understand the narrative. Since I’m guessing that these editions will be a tad pricier than your typical hardback, I’ll be saving up my pennies for this one!