Saturday, April 2, 2011

it's better than a brown paper bag

If you read any craft or design blogs at all, chances are you have already seen these embroidered book covers for Penguin Classics by Jillian Tamaki.

For a split second I thought oh my goodness if those are really embroidered book covers I must go out and buy them immediately, but luckily for my wallet that is not really the case. They were indeed hand embroidered but merely copied (which seems obvious when you think about it for more than a split second) for mass production.

Those are great and all, but what gets me going even more than that:

For serious. Everyone always says you can't judge a book by its cover but I disagree entirely, and I have been known to go through a lot to get just the cover I want (like my copy of The Bell Jar printed in 1978). One thing I hate more than anything is books that have been made into movies which then feature the pictures from the movie on the book cover. Silly. Annoying. No good. I think I have one or two of those. But those lovely vintage Penguin classics up there? If you know where to find them I would be perfectly happy to receive them at a book themed bridal shower or a rainy Tuesday afternoon. I'm just sayin...


  1. Geez, the cover to The Secret Garden alone, is fabulous!!

  2. Yes! I don't think I own a copy of The Secret Garden, so this one will be mine!