I'm Sarah Resnick, founder of GIST: Yarn & Fiber, a weaving yarn shop dedicated to providing quality weaving supplies that will delight and inspire you.
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. 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
In July 2018, I was thrilled to welcome two fabulous weavers to the GIST team - read about them below!
Emma Rhodes, Community Coordinator
I am an artist living and working in Boston, MA. At the age of five my mother bought me a skein of undyed 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 am excited to be a part of this weaving community!
LaChaun Moore, 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.