Research & Adventures from my time in the 18th Century

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Hello, I am Cat.

I spend a lot of my time doing research about the 18th century. I reenact occasionally, and spend time helping at several local 18th century sites.

I sew a lot, and read a lot, and am hoping to share what I can with people here. I have decided I need to spend less time editing myself and more time sharing information. We will see how that goes.

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The Making of a Shirt

Where This Pattern Originates Most of this post is not from my personal research. In combining research others have done and posting it here, all

Laundry: Military Wash

Cat Tannenbaum Schirf Military Laundry Concepts Laundry Bathing Washing, bathing, changing into clean clothing and shaving gave people the feeling of being well groomed. People

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Stain Removal in Wool

Stain removal in wools of the 18th century from EWHOH. To Take Spots Out of Woolen Cloth Take some of the best fullers earth that

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Laundry Cheat Sheet

This outline will focus on the best practices for laundry in a perfect situation, as if one had all the knowledge and resources available and they were being put into proper practice.

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Forget The Wash Board

Washboards With Ridges The old timey ridged washboard was not used to do laundry until the 19th century. Bucking, clapping and heating laundry is very

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