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.
In fall of 2023, we launched Zollie, a line of fiber craft kits designed for new makers. Zollie kits are designed with complete beginners in mind, with the goal of sparking curiosity and fostering confidence in new makers, ages 8+.