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You’re Invited! Penguin Threads Classic Books Release Party at Purl Soho

Join us for the launch party of the Penguin Threads series! On Tuesday, November 8th at 7:00PM, we're celebrating the re-issue of three Penguin Classics, each featuring the breathtaking cover art of Jillian Tamaki.

Penguin's Art Director, Paul Buckley, commissioned Jillian Tamaki for this project to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of Penguin Classics. Jillian has more than risen to the occasion with her fanciful, hand stitched fiber art.

A Brooklyn-based illustrator and comic artist, Jillian designed these extraordinary covers for the first in the Penguin Threads series: Jane Austen's Emma, Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, and Anna Sewell's Black Beauty. Her whimsically artful style of embroidery truly captures the brave and creative spirits of these beloved stories.  

Come see the original canvases and enjoy a conversation between Jillian Tamaki and Penguin's Associate Publisher & Editorial Director of Penguin Classics, Elda Rotor. Hear from Elda about how this project came to be and learn how Jillian's tactile creations were re-purposed into paper covers.

These first three books of the Penguin Threads series will be available October 25th, and of course, we will have them available the night of the party, November 8th. Purchase a book (or anything else) and receive a beautiful embroidery kit that is a special collaboration between Egg Press (the brilliant letterpress company) and Purl Soho. Try your hand at telling your own story through images made with needle and thread!

We'd love to know if you are coming! Please RSVP to penguinthreads@gmail.com. Can't make it to the event? First 100 purchases online on November 8th will also receive a free embroidery kit!

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14 Responses to You’re Invited! Penguin Threads Classic Books Release Party at Purl Soho


  1. Lisa Sittniewski - Alterity says:

    Wow! That is so creative. don't you wish that the original book covers came like that…all embroidered up like this? Gorgeous!

  2. Fender's Mom says:

    These are beautiful!

  3. Thank you for sharing, this iis amazingly beautifull!!

  4. Wow! That is so creative. don't you wish that the original book covers came like that…all embroidered up like this? Gorgeous!

  5. Kathleen says:

    The embroidered covers are gorgeous! I just love the imaginative detail! Wish I could make the event, but I will definitely check the books out online.

  6. woolcat says:

    Wow! I already own all 3 of those, but those beautiful covers make me want to buy the new editions! Or design my own embroidered covers for some of my favourites…

  7. Fender's Mom says:

    These are beautiful!

  8. wow, so incredibly pretty and inspiring! wish I were closer so I could attend.

  9. Can't wait! Looking forward to the party.

  10. Tanjakat says:

    Brilliant!

  11. We won't be coming down from Canada, but WOW, thanks for posting! This is so inspiring. (That horse!) I've just discovered your blog, and it is so full of inspiration. Thank you.

  12. sara says:

    these are beautiful!!

  13. mrsbris says:

    If I lived in the States I'd so be there! They are gorgeous. Loving the combination of crafts with literature – my two passions!

  14. very nice post..

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