In the age of iPads, Kindles and Nooks, what will happen to our treasured hardcovers and dog-eared paperbacks? Well, they'll become crafty collector's items, thanks to the new Penguin Threads series.
Inspired by the handmade craze, three timeless classics--Emma, Black Beauty, and The Secret Garden ($16 each)--have all been artistically reimagined with a needle and thread. The commissioned seamstress, Jillian Tamaki, painstakingly illustrated each of the wraparound covers with pastel and bright-colored embroidery.
We love how French knots render Emma's freckles and running stitches fill out Black Beauty's mane and how each embossed project maintains the layers, bumps and textures of the original thread designs. Beyond the beautiful stitching, each title boasts something noteworthy: This will be the first stand-alone edition of Emma, this year marks the centennial of The Secret Garden's publication and Black Beauty features a new foreword written by Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley.
Penguin Threads will release three more titles next spring, commissioned from painter Rachell Sumpter: The Wizard of Oz, The Wind in the Willows and Little Women. One look at this sneak peek had us clearing room on our bookshelves.