Philip Weller caricature
Philip and Weller hugging

Welcome to my web site, now under development for more than twenty years.   
-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

Note to Much Ado About Nothing, 3.4.19-20: "cloth o' gold, and cuts, and laced with silver"

Much Ado About Nothing,
Act 3, Scene 4, lines 19-20.
A preliminary note: Wedding dresses were NOT white!!

cloth o' gold: cloth of gold. —Gold thread was used in this very rich fabric. The image below shows a section of a liturgical stole made of cloth of gold.

cuts: slashed openings in a garment, revealing the fabric underneath. —In the image below, there are cuts in both the bodice and the lower sleeves.

laced with silver: embroidered with a pattern of silver thread. —In the image below the foliage pattern (lower center corner) is done in cloth of silver.

"cloth o' gold"
Mary Corbet's
Needle 'N Thread
Lais of Cornith with "cuts"
Hans Holbein the Younger
Hans Holbein the Younger
Sleeve Detail "laced with silver" from the
Portrait of Jane Seymour
by Hans Holbein the Younger
Tudor Dress: A portfolio of images