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Embroidered Book Covers to die for

 Of late I have been working on some new embroidery and quilting designs – experimenting until I get it right.  Part of the process has been to seekout contemporary embroidery “Style Muses” .. to see how they are taking this oldest of crafts into the modern age, maybe picking up a little inspiration along the way.
In the case of Jillian Tamaki, I just stopped and stared.  I am totally in love with these embroidered pieces, and had to share with you her stunning work.  She is an illustrator and comics artist by trade from the Canadian Prairies. Now living in Brooklyn, NY she is a regular contributor to editorial with her free style of illustration.  However one of her recent commissions/challenges was from Penguin to transform 3 classic titles – Emma, Black Beauty and The Secret Garden into her freestyle illustrative style, but then make them up as embroidered works.  It took her a little over 2 months and these are the results.
What is amazing is that she is a novice stitcher!..  So what truly inspires me (apart from their gorgeous colours and textures and free flowing illustrative style)  is that with a little time and care you can create something truly stunning with a few stitches and a little creativity.  Perhaps not in the same league as Ms Tamaki…  but none the less I am inspired.
The covers of the new limited edition books will be sculpturally-embossed with full wraparound images and french flaps. They will be available for sale in October, 2011 – and you can CLICK HERE to pre order / buy them

May 15, 2011 by pearlandearl
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