Jillian Tamaki

Penguin Threads Deluxe Classics

Mar 28th, 2011

I can’t tell you how happy I am to finally be able to share this project with you. It pretty much consumed my life for the first 2 months of this year.

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).

The covers wraparound, and include french flaps. You can view larger versions here by clicking:

I’ve included a few photos of the works in progress below. There are more “making-of” pics, but we’re saving them for when the books will be released in the Fall. Thanks to Paul Buckley for the amazing gig. Also thanks to Stella Lee for her help with the tiny lettering.



-“Can I post about these on my blog?” Yes. If you’d like to feature the Penguin Threads project on your blog, that is fine. A linkback is appreciated.

-“When will the books be available?” October, 2011.

-“Will they be limited edition/available in my country?” I believe they will be similar to the other Penguin Deluxe Classics, which are widely available in most major and indie bookstores. They will be available in many International markets, but I can’t speak to your specific country.

-“How will they be printed?” They will NOT be individual embroidered objects. I’m not really sure how that would be possible without making the final product exorbitantly expensive. They will, however, be beautifully produced, printed with a sculptural-embossing technique that will emphasize the stitches. They will be tactile objects.

-“Do you have an Etsy store?” I do not.

Please direct all press inquiries to Sonya at sonya.cheuse@us.penguingroup.com