Deborah Robson


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The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook

Wow, are natural fibers fascinating! A while ago, Carol Ekarius (who’s an expert on livestock) asked if I’d team up with her to prepare a small book on fibers produced by animals. It would take about nine months. Four years later, that collaboration resulted in this BIG book. We had a lot of fun, learned tons, and now we get to share what we discovered with other fiber folk.

The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook web page

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Knitting in the Old Way

Priscilla Gibson-Roberts and Deborah Robson

Priscilla Gibson-Roberts’ study of ethnic sweaters was originally published in 1985. The first edition was a classic and this expanded edition, released in 2004, upped the ante. It’s a primary resource for people who want to shift their approach to knitting from pattern-based to process-based. The new edition contains a lot more information than the original (the differences are listed on the Nomad Press site). It’s really Priscilla’s book. I added some charts, elaborated on some instructional pieces, designed the presentation, and got invited onto the cover when we were done.

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Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools

Late in the previous century, when I was a dinosaur editing Spin-Off magazine for handspinners, a bright idea came up during a conversation at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. Spin-Off would sponsor a contest in which spinners would make textiles from rare-breed wools. This book documents what I learned in researching rare breeds, as well as the contest's results. Technically out of print, you can sometimes find copies through fiber suppliers. In addition, some parts of it are being reissued in electronic form by Interweave Press.

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Socks: A Spin-Off Special Publication

One of the things I love about working with handspinners is their abundant creativity. Sock-knitting has become amazingly popular. If you look back to where the sparks of that contagious enthusiasm originated, you'll find handspinners lighting the fires. This collection of sock designs, a product of another Spin-Off contest, offered an early demonstration of what you could do to make socks beautiful and useful. Also technically out of print, it’s still worth checking fiber suppliers if you’d like a copy.