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Cathy Raymond
Attended St. Pius X High School, Pottstown, PA
Lives in Malvern, PA
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HSM #3--Another Last Minute Change of Plan
At the beginning of March, I planned to use some blue wool flannel from my fabric stash to make a pair of cut-and-sewn stockings for the "Stashbusting" challenge for the Historical Sew Monthly. Then we had some more killer winter weather, a number of rush j...
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Return of the Peplos

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The Blue Iron Age Skirt--In Living Color!
Fortunately, I did not have a second misadventure with my February project; the Iron Age skirt I made fits just fine.  I persuaded my wonderful husband, Eric, to take some photographs of me wearing it with the bog blouse I made for an HSF challenge last yea...
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Looks yellow to me.
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HSM Challenge Number Two--A Blue Iron Age Skirt, Completed!
(reposted because I changed the title).
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Yes. I think the real lesson here is that we can't be sure what anything
looks like if all we have is a digital image from the Internet.
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Roman Buttons
Almost half a lifetime ago, I made myself a Roman tunic to wear as part of a costume for a live-action roleplaying game.  It was meant to be the kind of tunic where the top edge is fastened at intervals, so that bits of skin peep out between the edges.   Be...
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A Happy Frob
The brooch and beads, on the white wool for the shift. I'd meant to spend January making the "foundation" garment for my early Norwegian and völva outfits--a long, white wool tunic.  January started busy, but I figured that I'd have plenty of time to start ...
The brooch and beads, on the white wool for the shift. I'd meant to spend January making the "foundation" garment for my early Norwegian and völva outfits--a long, white wool tunic.  January started busy, but I figured that I...
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HSM #3--Stashbusting!
I was prepared to make my early Norwegian overdress/ peplos for the Historical Sew Monthly's Stashbusting challenge until I discovered one unfortunate fact.  I no long have 5 yards of dark blue flannel, because I used some of the fabric for my Byzantine man...
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Cholent
A typical cholent   (Wikimedia Commons) Irving Naxon was inspired to invent the device now called the slow cooker by tales of his great grandmother putting her stewpot in the cooling but still hot oven of the baker in her home village of Lithuania. The type...
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Skerpikjøt and Garnatálg
Map, in Danish, showing the Faroe Islands in relation to Europe (Wikimedia Commons) When they lack firmer evidence, archaeologists sometimes reference "folk" practices about the making of food or clothing on the supposition that such practices preserve info...
Map, in Danish, showing the Faroe Islands in relation to Europe (Wikimedia Commons) When they lack firmer evidence, archaeologists sometimes reference "folk" practices about the making of food or clothing on the supposition t...
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Yes, this was reported in the Guardian.  But it's been reported elsewhere, including Forbes, so I'm inclined to believe there's a real archaeological find involved and that the deduction reported in the headline has some support.
Skull found in northern Israeli cave in western Galilee, thought to be female and 55,000 years old, connects interbreeding and move from Africa to Europe
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And this post links to Hershovitz's article on the find in Nature:. This link looks as though it's free but you may need to subscribe to read his actual article.

http://www.nature.com/news/neanderthals-gain-human-neighbour-1.16802
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The Motherlode of Penelope Walton Rogers's Research
I learned from a friend of mine a few days ago that a number of the works of Penelope Walton Rogers, who has done much research on Anglo-Saxon and Viking era costuming, has been made available for free download from Pangur Press, the publishing arm of her b...
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Attorney-at-law
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Currently
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