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Our Stories + Our People

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I'm Sarah Resnick, founder of GIST: Yarn & Fiber, a little shop dedicated to providing beautiful + unusual yarn and weaving supplies to inspire the community of weavers.

I fell hard for all things fiber when my best friend's grandmother stuck a pair of knitting needles in my hand at age 7. I spent most of high school sewing and knitting my own clothes. In 2007, I learned to spin wool while spending a year on a farm in California that had a barn filled with bags of the dirtiest and most delightful wool I'd ever seen.

And then my world changed in 2009: I learned how to weave. I was a forestry student living in downtown Toronto and spent all the extra money I could scrape up to take a weaving class on the outskirts of the city. An amazing group of women there taught me to warp a loom, dye yarn, and, of course, pay attention to my selvedges.

They sent me home with stacks of old Handwoven magazines to read through, and I thought there was simply nothing in the world I'd rather do than sit at my loom for hours and hours. Of course, most people in my life found this baffling, but since you have found your way to this website, I'm guessing you might be a kindred spirit...

Other parts of my fiber journey included selling handwoven baby wraps, helping to launch a sewing factory in Fall River, Massachusetts, and creating Jewish ritual textiles for people celebrating life cycle events. I started this little weaving yarn shop and podcast in out of an old boot-factory-turned-artist-studio south of Boston in 2017. The thread that winds through everything I do is a passion for building systems that directly support farmers, manufacturers, and artists to bring value and beauty into the world. You can reach me at sarah@gistyarn.com

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I am Emma Rhodes, GIST's Studio and Community Coordinator. I am an artist living and working in Boston, MA. At the age of five my mother bought me a skein of un-dyed wool yarn and it became one of my favorite objects. I never unraveled or used the skein—just appreciated it.

I discovered weaving while attending Massachusetts College of Art & Design and never looked back. Sourcing materials is an integral part of my process which is how I came to love GIST. I also designed the Frame/Loom, an elegant little loom meant to frame your weaving after you complete it.

My role here is to pack up and ship all of your orders, and develop partnerships and collaborations with our weaving community. You can see the fruits of some of those collaborations here. You can reach me at emma@gistyarn.com.
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I am LaChaun Moore, GIST's Weave Podcast Producer. I am an interdisciplinary artist, designer, and agriculturalist. I earned my BFA at Parsons, The New School For Design as an integrated design major with a focus on alternative fashion strategies and social practice.

Since graduating in the class of 2017, I moved to Low Country South Carolina to pursue my dream of starting a farm to table textile enterprise. My journey begins by cultivating a crop of organically grown indigo with plans to cultivate organic color grown cotton in the 2020 growing season. A critical aspect of my work is to consciously contextualize these materials as a means of cultural documentation and dialog.

I produce the Weave Podcast, and host a bi-weekly series on the podcast called Contextualizing Textiles where I share with conversations textile and dye farmers and other agricultural producers. You can reach me at LaChaun@gistyarn.com
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I am Christine Jablonski, GIST’s Studio and Wholesale Coordinator. Despite a childhood of drawing, painting and making, fiber skills eluded me until my early 30s. (Two failed attempts by friends to teach me to knit yielded only a sweater project that never saw the light of day.) But in 2003, while on a knitting and meditation retreat, I finally tamed the needles, thanks to the kindness and help of a group of very patient knitters.

Ten years later I signed up for a Rigid Heddle Weaving class that promised I could learn to weave scarves and bust my rather formidable stash (to make room for more yarn of course). Everyone I knew got scarves for Christmas that year. And placemats the next year. And runners the following year. And shawls the year after that. Somehow I wound up with two rigid heddle looms, three floor looms and a few tapestry looms. I’ve added towels and wall hangings to my repertoire; it looks like rugs and pillow covers are next.

As a fellow fiber-enthusiast, I am so excited with my role in shipping your orders to get your yarn into your hands as quickly as possible, and to help broaden GIST’s presence in the weaving community through wholesale and other business development efforts. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time: christine@gistyarn.com.