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Found this on one of the crafting blogs
Faith, known to many as the Plimoth Plantation jacket project, is complete at last and was revealed on The Embroiderer’s Story blog on December 10. I’ve followed this project since my first day as a CraftGossip editor. I know the level of effort and expertise applied to it — by 260 volunteers! — and so I expected a lot; but the jacket goes far beyond my imaginings.
Publicity materials from Plimoth Plantation note,
Since the winter of 2006, the Museum has worked closely with historic needlework scholar, Dr. Tricia Wilson Nguyen, who has coordinated the unmatched creation of a woman’s 17th-century linen waistcoat lavishly embroidered in silk and gold. This unique and significant jacket is based on surviving pieces from the first quarter of the 17th century in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in London, England. Additionally, because of the intricate and specific detail of this jacket project, historic metal threads that have not been in production for centuries, have been brought back, not just for use in this project but also for the general public too.
“It is interesting to note that the Museum’s research into these jackets has yielded several interesting discoveries, helping to recapture lost technologies, which have now been shared with the next-generation-needlework community and beyond,” said Ellie Donovan, Plimoth Plantation Executive Director. “Rediscovering lost technologies and sharing them with the world is at the heart of what we do at Plimoth Plantation, and it is of the utmost importance to future innovation in all areas.”
Congratulations to everyone involved in the project for its unqualified success. And sincere thanks for the education and entertainment the project has provided to needleworkers worldwide.
Read more about the jacket process at The Embroiderer's Story blog
Read more about Plimoth Plantation (Massachussetts, USA)

Edited to correct the state. My apologies to all former and current Bay Staters.
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Menstruation.

Yup. MuM's the Word!

It's fascinating really. I had to read through the Euphemism page. And the research he's (yes, he!) done into the historical ways women dealt with "that time of the month."

That's one of the holes that the historical novels never cover -- and should. Goodness knows, they cover the OTHER bodily functions :P
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Did they come up with the clothes as compensation?

Italian "Vampire" Unearthed in Venice
And so, they shoved a brick in her mouth...?

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Today marks the martyrdom of the woman they called the last of the pagan philosophers.

I leave you with some quotes attributed to her. It ties in rather nicely with some other philosophies on my flist today:

"Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than to think not at all."
"To rule by fettering the mind through fear of punishment in another world is just as base as to use force."
"All formal dogmatic religions are delusive and must never be accepted by self-respecting persons as final."
"Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truth is a most terrible thing. The mind of a child accepts them, and only through great pain, perhaps even tragedy, can the child be relieved of them."
"Men will fight for superstition as quickly as for the living truth – even more so, since superstition is intangible, you can't get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable."

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