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By Helen Cowens of Purple Moon Designs

Medina was inspired the patterns used in Middle Eastern and African ethnic rugs. "Medina is a word used to describe the market place in Turkey and also in places like Morocco in Africa," explains Helen, adding, "As a student I planned to backpack from Morocco, back through Europe and on to Istanbul in Turkey. My friend let me down so I never got there. But I have been in my dreams! I read a lot and watch lots of travel and history programs and I have this image of the market with exotic spices, lots of deep rich colours, rugs hanging outside shops and beautiful silk materials." She chose of Aurora for the colour of the design as it represented the colours of the mysterious foreign Medina Helen saw in her mind's eye and this in turn inspired the name.


Stitching Notes:
One block represents 1 XS.
Threads: Caron Watercolours Aurora - using just one strand.
Fabric used: 14ct Cream Aida from Zweigart.

Medina was designed exclusively for the Caron Website by Helen Cowans and uses the same concept as Helen's ingeneous "One Thread" Kits. For more information see this month's Designer Spotlight on Helen!

Helen Cowans
Designer, Embroiderer, Tutor and Textile Artist.
Purple Moon Designs
Freestyle Embroidery and One-Thread Kits
website: http://www.purplemoondesigns.co.uk
e-mail: enquiries@purplemoondesigns.co.uk

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