Diane Braun was born and grew up in Tucson, Arizona. She got her B.A. from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She received her M.A. and is A.B.D. for her doctorate in medieval history at the University of Arizona. She learned to spin the summer before beginning graduate school and taught herself to knit that fall. The following summer she took weaving lessons, bought a used loom, and has been hip deep in fiber and yarn ever since.
For many years, she had wanted to raise sheep (to the disbelief of her family) and finally fulfilled this desire in 2003 with the purchase of a house on four acres in Wilhoit, Arizona, near Prescott, and four Cotswold sheep (two white and two black). The flock has grown (which will happen when you mix boys and girls) to 12 sheep, including lambs.
She is a past president of the Mountain Spinners and Weavers Guild in Prescott, AZ and is a former member of the Arizona Desert Spinners and Weavers Guild in Phoenix, AZ and the KAW Valley Fiber Guild in Lawrence, KS.
Diane maintains a deep commitment to the preservation and perpetuation of traditional crafts. She has taught knitting to all skill levels and has now added spinning and weaving classes to her repertoire. She is also interested in dye plants, historical cooking (particularly baking), organic gardening, sustainable agriculture, and the preservation of rare breeds.