More triangles, this time a triangle Amadeus

A triangle Amadeus is an interesting stitch, developed by Jean Hilton. When the triangle is stitched with 2 diagonal and 1 horizontal or vertical side, the center of the triangle is closed. When it is stitched with a horizontal and vertical side, and a diagonal side, the center is open. To fit our project, the centers of the triangle Amadeus are open, perfect for a filling stitch, beads, a button or even a charm if you have one the right size.

Triangle Amadeus can be a little tricky to stitch, because the thread is laying over the stitching channel when you get started, making it difficult to see where to put the needle down into the canvas. I usually hold it aside a bit with my finger until the stitches pull out of the way enough for me to see clearly. And any mistakes will most likely be at the beginning of the stitch.

It’s also easier to see when you’ve made a mistake by looking at the back. The thread carries should be in evenly spaced parallel lines. A mistake will be visible on the back if you have two stitches ending in the same hole, or a skipped hole (the two most common mistakes). So if your count isn’t coming out even, look at the back to see if that gives any clues as to where the problem might be.

For the triangle Amadeus I used DMC #8 pearl cotton 208 Very Dark Lavender, about 28″-32″. The original color way was stitched with Rainbow Gallery Elegance E891 Smoke Gray.

The first two stitches, shown here in red and light blue, will cross each other and make a wonky “X”. Neither stitch is on a true diagonal, and both start from the same side.

Continue as shown in the next diagram. The third stitch (5-6) begins on the same side as the previous 2 stitches (1-2, 3-4), and ends by crossing over the wonky X on the opposite side.

The stitch continues alternating side to side, ending by crossing over the wonky X, in adjacent holes along the diagonal side of the triangle.

Pay attention to where the needle goes down because that’s you clue to where to bring the needle up to begin the next stitch. The needle will come up to begin the next stitch on the side where the needle went down to end the stitch. This gives you the parallel carry threads on the back.

Move the threads away from the diagonal side as needed to see where to put the needle down.

When you have two stitches ending in the same hole (25-26, 27-28) you can stop alternating side to side for the finish.

This is the first part of the triangle Amadeus, and what yours should look like.

After the two stitches end in the same shared holes (25-26, 27-28) stitch one side then the other. Stitches 29-37 are shown in green, stitches 39-47 are shown in yellow.

Stitches 29-27 will end in shared holes with previous stitches, working from the shared hole back to the beginning of the stitch. The last stitch on this side, 37-38, will begin in the same channel as the horizontal side of the triangle. When you get to this point, now stitch the remaining stitches, shown in yellow.

This shows one side stitched before completing the triangle Amadeus. The thread is shown in place to stitch the last of it.

To avoid a thread carry showing through the nice open space of the triangle Amadeus, take an intermediate pin stitch, shown in black. This is a single stitch over a single canvas thread, close to where the previous threads are crossing, to get the needle in position to begin stitch 39-40 without the thread carry showing through the open space.

End off with a pin stitch, 2 or 3 stitches over a single canvas thread, placed under the Amadeus close to where the most threads are crossing.

The completed triangle Amadeus stitches are in the spaces between the sprat’s and reverse sprat’s heads, sharing holes.

With the triangle Amadeuses sharing holes with the previous stitches, the counting is much easier! If you find it helps, rotate the canvas as you stitch so you are always stitching the same orientation.

The finished triangle Amadeuses continue the triangle shapes started by the sprat’s and reverse sprat’s heads. Next time we’ll reverse the triangle Amadeuses, and fill the center holes.

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