Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet…

I have a particular piece of text, written by Shakespeare, which is very close to my heart. I have thought of getting it tattooed many times before, and I decided I was going to stitch it this spring. After figuring out how to make it pretty and round on the computer (thank you David!) I realised the smallest I could make the text is size 21. That is big for typing, but pretty small for stitching.

So I decided I needed a smaller piece of text for practice, something that was still going to be a good paragraph but nothing too fancy. So this happened:

For an awesome history of lorem ipsum, check out this page.  If you would like to stitch it, here is the full original dummy text (that has been in use since the 1500s) shaped into a pretty circle.  I picked a nice non-serif font in order to be able to trace it more or less in my own hand writing.  I didn’t want all the letters to be exact or too perfect.  The hoop is 5×5 inches.

I’m not sure when I will get to my Hamlet piece, which is easily twice as long as the lorem ipsum, but we’ll see!

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