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Cathy Raymond
Attended St. Pius X High School, Pottstown, PA
Lives in Malvern, PA
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Lining a Single-Wrapped Apron Dress
Since my last post, I received the linen that I had ordered for my September Historical Sew Monthly project, the linen-lined wool apron dress.  To my surprise and dismay, I discovered that the fabric in question contains spandex.  (At least, it has enough s...
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A Return To My Roots: HSM #9--Color Challenge Brown
In the Historical Sew Monthly, the September challenge is simple:  make something that is brown in color. I was having trouble deciding upon a suitable project for this challenge, when I had an idea based upon my roots--the Viking apron dress or smokkr.  Be...
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A Peek at NESAT XII
The twelfth North European Symposium of Archaeological Textiles ("NESAT") took place last year in Hallstatt, Austria.  Though to my knowledge the book containing the papers presented at that conference has yet to be published, the table of contents from tha...
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Not a "Liebster" Award
My "Eura" dress Stella Anderson of Historical
Living with Hvitr has nominated this blog for something
called the Liebster Award. I have received a similar award before,
years ago, the Versatile Blogger award. The idea is that it's a way
for bloggers to rec...
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Fuzzy Hose
Yucca utahensis (Photo:  Wikimedia Commons) From a very good friend, I learned of two similar, fascinating archaeological finds from the New World.  The write-up, complete with very good  pictures, can be found on the Arizona State Museum's website, HERE . ...
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Another Moretum Experiment
I was pretty satisfied with the moretum [ i.e.,  the name for an ancient Roman type of cheese spread] I had made until I read my friend Stella Anderson's moretum recipe on her blog, Historical Living with Hvitr .  Stella's blog post makes three points about...
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Indeed!  But then, I do an awful lot of blogging by just scanning, because I'm used to fitting in blogging around work and Council activity and other stuff. Now that I have more time, I could in theory focus on it more--except I still need to look for work...etc.
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Here's the latest from my historical costuming blog.
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Here's the latest from my costuming blog.
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I was really surprised to see how quickly they pulled it together and got it to the printer this time around.  When I noticed the papers coming up on academia.edu, I went looking at Oxbow and there it was, apparently all ready to purchase!

So really I'm complaining because I have a one-month wait for something I have frequently waited two or three years to get.  Not very adult of me, I know.
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Ancient Greek Textile Book
From an Internet friend I learned about the existence of the following book: Iris Tzachili and Eleni Zimi, eds.  Textiles and Dress in Greece and the Roman East:  A Technological and Social Approach.   Ta Pragmata Publications, 2012.  ISBN 978-960-98261-2-9...
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Here's an article about a neat discovery--the remains of a 900-year-old Viking era longhouse found in the center of Reykjavik. 
Archaeologists digging on Lækjargata in central Reykjavik were looking for traces of a farm cottage built in 1799 – and found a Viking hut from some 900 years earlier.
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My Second Moretum Experiment
Second moretum experiment--results This afternoon, while taking a break from scanning the Internet for plausible job openings, I made another batch of moretum , based on my friend Stella Anderson's redaction of Virgil's recipe. I started out with a chunk of...
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Lending A Hand
I'm writing this post to bring an interesting and odd find to the attention of anyone interested in late Medieval European clothing (esp. 15th century), because it offers an opportunity to help in a small important way, in historical costume research. Today...
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Attorney-at-law
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Malvern, PA
Previously
Pottstown, PA - Jamaica, NY - Erie, PA - Villanova, PA - Rosemont, PA
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Just a lawyer, nothing to see here either....
Introduction
I'm married to the Eric S. Raymond who's responsible for "The New Hacker's Dictionary," "The Cathedral and the Bazaar," and other works of intellectual mayhem.  I'm a lawyer by profession, but my real loves are medieval history and historic costume, and have been since adolescence. I've come from machine sewing polyester t-tunics to handsewing period-documentable designs in pure wool and linen. Maybe I'll get into historical reenactment when I finally retire from law.
Bragging rights
Hand sewed an entire Viking era outfit (other than the shoes) from the skin out.
Education
  • St. Pius X High School, Pottstown, PA
    1973 - 1977
  • Villanova University
    B.S. Economics, 1977 - 1981
  • St. John's University
    School of Law, 1981 - 1984
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Female
Other names
Catherine C. Olanich, Catherine Olanich Raymond