When I saw this post on Jillian Tamaki's blog, I didn't hesitate to pre-order copies of these two books...Emma and The Secret Garden. (I showed some restraint and didn't get Black Beauty!)
Aren't the covers wonderful? The backs too!
I've always loved embroidered book covers and these modern versions are a delightful twist on the historical art form.
And the special surprise?
They spared no expense and printed the back sides of the embroideries on the inside cover!
You can read more about the launch of these books on this post on Jillian's blog.
Penguin has engaged Rachell Sumpter to embroider three new book covers in the Threads series: Check out A Wind in the Willows, Little Women and The Wizard of Oz on Rachell's Flickr photostream.
And should you be inspired to create your own, don't forget that Feeling Stitchy is having a Covered in Stitches contest, all entries due on November 7, 2011. I wish I had the time to make one myself, but since I don't, I am enjoying following all the entries posted here on Flickr.
I've always loved the idea of embroidering a book cover in the silk and goldwork styles from the 17th and 18th centuries in England. And Abe books has linked to some beautiful examples that are for sale.
And last week at Winterthur, the library shared this dear little, tent-stitched prayer book of Ann Flower that is in their collection...
One day I hope to embroider a cover. I'm just waiting for the right book...
P.S. I'm working on my Breakfast at Tiffany's piece...and hit a bit of a road block with the abdomen of the butterfly. More on that another day.