Long Thread Podcast: Deborah Robson

Season 3, Episode 6: With a passion for rare-breed wool and its unsung qualities, Deborah Robson is a walking, spinning encyclopedia of delightful fiber knowledge.

Anne Merrow Oct 1, 2021 - 2 min read

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Plenty of handspinners, weavers, ranchers, and natural fiber fans like sheep and wool . . . but not like Deborah Robson. With a passion for understanding and preserving the most unusual breeds of sheep, she is equal parts scholar and promoter.

She may be best known to, even revered by, a generation of handspinners as the author of The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook with Carol Ekarius and the pocket-sized Field Guide to Fleece. She has a distinguished track record as an editor—Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot, Spin Off magazine, and books including the massive Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning.

Deborah has devoted herself to learning and teaching about the heritage of rare-breed sheep and has worked with the Livestock Conservancy’s Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em program. Several times a year, she facilitates a retreat called Explore 4, where a small group of handspinners explores a selection of breeds.

Her video Handspinning Rare Wools is available from Long Thread Media.

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The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook

[Field Guide to Fleece](https://www.storey.com/books/the-field-guide-to-fleece/)

Explore 4

The Independent Stitch (Deborah Robson's website)

Shave 'Em to Save 'Em