Deborah has been explaining
how (and why) to make fabric for many yearsthrough print, slide programs,
guild talks, and keynote addresses. In addition to loving textiles, she has devoted
large portions of her life to books. Deborah edited textile books and magazines
for Interweave Press for fourteen years, including twelve years as editor-in-chief
of Spin-Off: The Magazine for Handspinners. She also edited Shuttle
Spindle & Dyepot for the Handweavers Guild of America and served as production
editor for the University of Massachusetts Press.
Having experimented in depth with many fiber techniques, she has concentrated on knitting, spinning, weaving, and crochet. She has
exhibited weavings and multi-technique pieces in juried and one-person
shows. A strong believer in creative problem-solving and personal
empowerment through crafts, she advocates for the conservation of rare
breeds of sheep and of the rich textile knowledge that humans have developed over millennia.
An essayist and short-story writer,
she is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Colorado Authors League, Publishers Association of the West, and the Independent Book Publishers Association, and has also served as a member of the board of directors for the Colorado Authors League and the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.