Deborah Robson

Independent Stitch


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 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. At Interweave she initiated 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, and has written for many publications, including PieceWork, Interweave Knits, Spin-Off, and The Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, as well as several fiber-related anthologies. Her textile designs have appeared in several magazines and collections. She 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, and she is publishing monographs on fiber-related topics.

Deborah will be speaking at the Pennsylvania Fairs


Check It Out!

Wool From farm to fiber folk extended workshop

Whether you’re a shepherd or a fiber worker, wool can enrich your life. This daylong workshop focuses on connecting (and creating better communication between) the people who produce wool and those who use it, in all its multiple varieties. Sessions include fleece selection, evaluation, value-added wool products, and more! Note: An extra pass is required for this workshop. Space is limited, get your passes today
Modern Homesteading Hands On

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Pennsylvania, Sunday 9:00-5:00 p.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops Room B

Getting Started with a Drop Spindle Hands On

Is learning to spin on your bucket list, but you're not sure about investing a few hundred dollars in a spinning wheel? Attend this one-hour, hands-on workshop and get started spinning with a drop spindle. Deborah Robson provides the spindle, wool, and instructions so that you leave the workshop with your very own handspun yarn. Note: An extra pass is required for this workshop. Space is limited, get your passes today
Hands On

Available In:

Pennsylvania, Saturday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops Room A
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