CROSS STITCH DESIGNS
the Oak Island Mystery
Average Retail Price: $11.00 CAN ($10.50US)
CHARTPACK INCLUDES SKULL & CROSS BONES AND SHIP'S WHEEL CHARMS
This 'Hidden Image', 'Glow-in-the-Dark' design was inspired by (and contains elements of) a true adventure story - the Oak Island Mystery. You can find out more about it online, at your local bookshop or library. A variation of this design, which might be particularly attractive to children, would be to replace the DMC 3013 used to create the Pirate's face with one of KREINIK'S GLOW-IN-THE-DARK FIBRES. (The thumbnail-sized picture above gives a computer simulation of how this variation might appear in a darkened room. Please click on it if you'd like a better view)
DESIGN DETAILS... At a glance, you can see that your blood-stained, burnt and tattered TREASURE MAP shows the land mass of Oak Island and some of the watery coves around it. Now, stand back a bit and look carefully. Your map also bears the IMAGE OF A PIRATE (traced around the combined perimeter of the island and ocean, with the sketchy details of his eye-patch, nose and ear-ring picked out across the island)...
Your map contains elements that are common to many maps... and a few that are unique to Oak Island.
Let's take a little tour (moving clockwise and starting at the bottom-left)... 1. There's a glittering, jewel-encrusted COMPASS ROSE to set the course. (THE SHIP'S WHEEL CENTREPIECE IS INCLUDED IN YOUR CHARTPACK). 2. All treasure maps need a few BLOOD STAINS AND BURNS and this one's no exception. 3. A fragmented 1795 indicates the year in which the first recorded hints of buried treasure occured on Oak Island. 4. A cryptographer's dream - a STONE, INSCRIBED WITH A SECRET CODE was unearthed during excavations on the island. 5. One of the theories about Oak Island involves the sinking of treasure-laden Spanish ships... a fragmented SPANISH CONQUISTADOR fills the upper-left corner of your map. 6. A SKULL AND CROSS-BONES charm (ALSO INCLUDED IN YOUR CHARTPACK) marks the locations of the buried treasure... or 'Money Pit'. 7. Two dotted red lines indicate the paths of the flood-causing BOOBY-TRAP TUNNELS that connect the 'Money Pit' with Smith's Cove (to the East) and South Shore Cove. 8. Many old maps are adorned with images of sea-life... this one has a sparkling WHALE. 9. In 1849, as in all good treasure stories, gold (in the form of 3 GOLD LINKS ) was found in Oak Island's Money Pit. 10. Of course, your treasure map also has a SCALE to help with navigation.
AREAS OF EMBELLISHMENT: COMPASS ROSE (Kreinik Misty Gold and Peacock Braid; Cream and Red Red Beads and the enclosed Ship's Wheel Charm); Spanish Conquistador (Misty Gold Braid); Spouting Whale (Peacock Braid and Cream Bead); 3 Gold Links (Misty Gold Braid) and of course, the enclosed Skull & and Cross-Bones Charm.
FABRIC: The pictured model was stitched on 16-count French Lace Aida by Permin #355110 (a little paler than DMC 3024). If you prefer stitching on Linen, Permin also provides French Lace in 28 (#76-110) or 32-count (#65-110) Linens.
STITCH COUNT: 151 stitches wide x 140 stitches high
DESIGN AREA: Approx. 9 1/2" wide x 8 3/4" high (on 16-count fabric)
MATERIALS REQUIRED: You will need no more than 1 skein each of... DMC 322/DMC 407/DMC 433/DMC 435/DMC 645/DMC 646/DMC 648/DMC 794/DMC 814/DMC 816/DMC 840/DMC 841/DMC 842/DMC 928/DMC 935/DMC 950/DMC 3013/DMC 3021/DMC 3052/DMC 3362/DMC 3787/DMC 3808/DMC 3859/DMC 3864/KREINIK #4 Braid 071/KREINIK #4 Braid 085/MILL HILL Glass Seed Bead 00123... 42 pcs/MILL HILL Glass Seed Bead 02013... 8 pcs/the 2 charms are in your chartpack.
Kimberley provided this image of her beautiful needlework.
If you take a close look, you can see that she not only selected a wonderful, hand-dyed fabric for her background, she has also customized her stitching... she renamed one of the Coves!
(Kimberley also sent photos of her Alice stitching, which was beautifully framed by her husband and father-in-law).
IF YOU'D LIKE TO READ HOW THIS DESIGN EVOLVED, PLEASE CLICK... Design Storyboards.
PIRATE TREASURE is a 'Hidden Image' design, if you'd like to see others like it, please visit 'Hidden Image' Designs.