AREA 8: Amadeus Hearts with T-Stitch Background

By Jean Hilton

Threads Used:


Use 1 strand of Wildflowers 250 (My Thread ___________) for the Amadeus heart stitches.

Find the center of the area. Begin the left unit of the Amadeus Heart at this point. Next work the right unit. Note that stitch 1 of the left unit shares a hole with stitch 1 of the right unit. When both units are complete turn the canvas 90 degrees and repeat. Note that all 4 Amadeus hearts share the center hole or stitch 1 on the diagram. Continue until four hearts have been created using the diagram below for placement. You can attach an 8 or 9 mm pearl heart in the center of each heart at this time or to avoid catching the heart beads on the remaining stitching, add the heart beads after all stitching on the project is complete.

Note: I used an approximate 45 inch length of Wildflowers to stitch both sides of one heart. If you do not want to work with that long a thread, an approximate 25 inch length will stitch one half of a heart.

Use 1 strand of Kreinik Fine (#8) Braid 421 (My Thread ___________) for the T-stitch background. The T-stitch is not worked inside the Amadeus hearts.

Work the T-stitch in the open background area.

Comments on Stitch

Jean Hilton published this stitch in her book Jean Hilton’s Stimulating Stitches in 1992. She described the Amadeus stitch as “a divided half Rhodes, or a half Jessica gone wild, or whatever you do on the right side you must do on the left side. The main thing to remember is that all stitches go over all previous ones.”

The Amadeus hearts in this section, each filled with a heart shaped bead, form a circle. You can use these motifs individually; think of a clothing accent or as the center on a Valentine or wedding piece; or in a row as a border. To quote Jean Hilton again on threads, “You can go WILD with them!” She used more than one thread at a time and even more than one type of thread when working these stitches. Some of her thread suggestions include Patina, Rachel, Rachelette, stranded cotton and silk (4 strands), and Kreinik Fine (#8) and Medium (#16) Braids.

Here’s a helpful hint from Jean about stitching an Amadeus:

“The holes along the stem, whether it is on a diagonal or in a straight line, seem to disappear if heavy fibers like two ply Rachel or Rachelette are used. I have gotten into the habit of counting the HOLES down from the center for every single stitch by inserting my needle UP from the back. When I reach the desired hole I bring the needle up once I verify that the previous stitch won’t be pierced. If you wonder if an Amadeus can be stitched from the outside toward the inside, or by going down into the stem, it certainly can. But here again you must verify the placement of every single stitch.”

Designer Biographical Information

Jean Hilton was a well known designer for her many innovative stitches: Jessica, Amadeus, Crescent, Double Fan Double, Mistake Stitch, just to name a few. She taught for shops, chapters, guilds, and also at national seminars. Her books include: Borderlines, Jean Hilton’s Needlepoint Stitches, and Stimulating Stitches. Her designs include Puzzles, Chapter Patches and many small designs. Jean received the ANG Literary Award in 1995 for lifetime contribution to the field of needlework.