The People Who Made My Book Beautiful


I get so many comments on how beautiful my book, Yarnitecture: A Knitter's Guide to Spinning: Building Exactly the Yarn You Want is that I want to introduce you to the people who made the beautiful happen.



Someone you might know with out knowing is photographer John Polak, Storey Publishing’s veteran fiber photographer. He is the master behind the gorgeous photography in The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook, The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Design and the Spinner’s Book of Fleece. He knows exactly how to show the texture and vibrancy of fiber and can show the difference between top and roving and a worsted and woolen spin. He is also hilarious.

My book designer is Carolyn Eckhert.

Photography by John Polak, from   Yarnitecture  , © by Jillian Moreno, used with permission from Storey Publishing. ”

Photography by John Polak, from Yarnitecture, © by Jillian Moreno, used with permission from Storey Publishing.

Carolyn has a long career designing books with Storey Publishing, but this is her first fiber book. While she’s not a fiber person, she is obsessed with texture, which gave her a unique approach and vision for my book.  She loved working with all of the braids, colors and yarns in the book and ran with the idea of Yarnitecture as it relates to building; you can see it in the page designs. She wanted to show the hand and face of the maker – I had no idea I was going to be spinning in the book, until she told me to sit and spin, no makeup person, no special wardrobe just me looking like me. She also let my swatches be uneven and let me leave my ends out, I love her for that.



She is amazingly and uniquely creative. Carolyn wrote a book called, Your Idea Starts Here.  It's a great book to work through existing and develop new ideas.





Here are John and Carolyn working their magic during my photo shoot.

Thank you for making my book beautiful!