Deborah Robson is a fiber generalist who specializes in spinning, knitting, and weaving, although she experiments with all aspects of textiles. She is the fiber author of The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook: More than 200 Fibers from Animal to Spun Yarn and of The Field Guide to Fleece, in collaboration with livestock expert Carol Ekarius.
For fourteen years she served as an editor at Interweave Press, including twelve years as editor-in-chief of Spin-Off: The Magazine for Handspinners. Among her accomplishments at Interweave was the Save the Sheep project and the book Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools. She also edited Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, has worked in trade, literary, and scholarly publishing of books and magazines, and written for PieceWork, Interweave Knits, Spin-Off, The Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, as well as fiber-related anthologies including KnitLit (too), KnitLit the Third, Hooked, and The Knitter’s Gift.
Her textile designs have appeared in several magazines and collections. She earned an MFA in writing from Goddard/Warren Wilson, is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and of the Colorado Authors’ League, and served two terms on the board of directors of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (now The Livestock Conservancy).
Her current research focuses on the millennia of alliances between sheep and humans, emphasizing the fiber perspective and using Shetland sheep as an example of how the relationships have evolved.