- Weaving Equipment
- Patterns & Kits
Gist Yarn was founded in 2017 as a small company with a big idea: to inspire and grow a community of weavers with quality yarn and innovative pattern designs. Since then, we’ve grown into a creative team proudly contributing to a thriving textile industry.
We strive to connect weavers more closely to the materials they use, to the plants and animals that provide those materials, and to the people who work together to bring them into the world. We also aim to connect weavers more deeply with each other, with the wider textile community, and with the rich and complicated history of textile artistry and labor.
We are proud to partner with select farmers, spinning mills, dye houses, and winders to produce 100% natural fiber yarns designed especially for weaving. In addition to designing and publishing our own patterns, we showcase new weaving talent and pay a fair wage to both up-and-coming and established designers through our Open Call program. Our website offers a wide range of written and audio resources, along with an Artist-in-Residence program, which supports and encourages artists to engage their community with fiber practices.
Christine Jablonski(she/her) is Gist Yarn's Director of Content and Customer Experience. Through wit, relentless enthusiasm and enough knowledge to be dangerous, Christine seeks to introduce the wonders of weaving to every person possible. Put another way, she is responsible for expanding and nurturing our partnerships with local yarn shops, schools and other institutions that promote the fiber arts. She is also our resident weaving whisperer, who is happy to help demystify any pattern and answer any loom or equipment questions you might have. In addition to her duties at Gist Yarn, she is an exhibiting artist whose work has been shown in New England galleries and is held in private collections across the country. She is a contributor to Little Loomsand Handwovenmagazines, and the author of SoulSpace Notes, a monthly column on weaving, art and life.
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Emma Rhodes (she/her) is Gist Yarn's Creative Director.
Emma leads the creative and artistic vision of Gist Yarn. In 2020, she facilitated the company's rebrand including the launch of Gist’s new website, marketing materials, weaving pattern layout, color cards, and lookbook. As an artist and handweaver herself, Emma brings a deep knowledge of craft and design to her role. She is inspired by Gist’s forward-thinking patterns and high-quality yarns that both support and expand the weaving community.
Together with Director of Collaborations and Partnerships, LaChaun Moore, Emma developed Weave Quarterly, a subscription series that connects weavers with fiber artists. She also collaborates closely with a growing network of artists, designers, and photographers to build our pattern library and create resources for weavers across our online platforms.
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Grace Casey-Gouin (she/her) is the Creative Product Developer responsible for leading product development for a new sister brand that Gist will be launching in 2023. Grace uses her background in a wide array of fiber arts and enthusiasm for craft to help coordinate the development of a line of products in partnership with artists working in the field of fiber arts pertaining to each new design. Grace studied anthropology and fiber arts at Skidmore College and has been working in the field of product development and manufacturing since graduating with focus on domestic sourcing, manufacturing, and natural fibers.
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LaChaun Moore(she/her) is Gist Yarn's Director of Collaborations and Partnerships. LaChaun co-hosts and produces the Weave podcast. She also works to recruit and retain a pool of creative, diverse weaving pattern designers and will lead future collaborative weaving community-based projects. In addition to her role at Gist Yarn, LaChaun is an interdisciplinary artist who engages the public with her ethnographic fiber making practice. Her work focuses on plant species that are linked specifically to black and indigenous growers and cultivators who’ve been systematically exploited for their agricultural contributions and ingenuity. On a small scale, she grows naturally colored cotton as well as ancestral indigo with goals for a large scale fiber to the consumer-based business model.
Email LaChaun at LaChaun@gistyarn.com
Sarah Resnick(she/her) is the Founderof Gist Yarn. She manages our finances, works to keep our team happy and thriving, and builds partnerships with mills and dyehouses to bring new lines of yarn to life. Sarah started her career as a community and union organizer, and made the switch to small business when she helped to launch a sewing factory in 2016. Sarah also designs a line of Jewish ritual textiles.
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Susie Martinez(she/her) is Gist Yarn's E-Commerce Director. She helps new people discover Gist Yarn, and optimizes our website and emails so it's easy for you to find exactly what you're looking for. Susie holds a BFA in Textiles from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and is thrilled to pair her love of all things fiber with her data-nerd tendencies in her role at Gist. Susie's fiber interests include quilt making, embroidery, and experimenting with natural dyes. When she's not inside stitching, she's outside foraging for mushrooms throughout the Pacific Northwest.
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Vale Cabezas (they/them) is Gist Yarn’s Procurement and Logistics Manager. Their role is to coordinate every aspect of the yarn production supply chain, research and vet new potential production partners, and support the development of new yarn lines. Vale’s professional career has taken them through the textile, publication, construction, and landscaping industries. Prior to joining Gist Yarn, Vale took time to get back into their artistic practice as a weaver and painter. In their spare time, you can catch Vale reading Octavia Butler, binge watching anime, watercoloring, swimming in the sun, tapestry weaving, dreaming big futures with the PRESS PRESS publication team, and making hand tufted rugs with their local queer rug club. They’re excited to be back in the textile world where they get to merge their educational background in Fiber with their procurement experience.
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