The Worlds Most Beautiful Embroidered Book Covers

They say you should never judge a book by its covers, but boy, there are some beautiful book covers out there!

Book cover embroidery in process

It's pretty difficult to pick out the best, but definitely among the top for me are Penguin Threads Collection. Each of these book covers were stitched over the course of 2 months by artist Jillian Temaki.

Embroidered Wizard Of Oz Book Cover

Anyone who knows me will know I adore handmade crafts, especially embroidery. Combine that with my love of reading, and you might understand why I'm drooling over these awesome book covers.

Each book cover incorporates elements of the stories into their design. For instance, on the back cover of “The Wind in The Willows”, Toady's repeated lines “poop poop” are incorporated into the design.

And for The Secret Garden, Jillian incorporates the phrase “Where you tend a rose, a thistle cannot grow” into the cover's design.
The inside covers show the back side of the embroideries, which I think was a very clever move, because not only does it allow sticky beaks like me see how it was done, for those not actually interested in crafts it just offers a glimpse to how involved something like this is.

Close-Up of Jillian Temaki's cover for 'The Secret Garden'


The cover of Little Women is made to resemble an embroidered sampler, which just adds to the old-world magic of Louisa May Alcott's story.


Apart from the book covers I have shown you, Jillian has also created embroidered covers for the classics Emma and Black Beauty. She clearly is an incredibly talented embroiderer, and her work is just so compelling (especially for someone who loves craft AND reading! Squee!!)

What do you think of these covers? Which is your favourite among Jillian's embroidered book cover designs? If you could pick a book to have an embroidered version of its cover created, what would it be? Share your thoughts in our comments section.