“Everything old is new again” feels especially apt regarding the resurgence of flame stitch designs. This centuries-old crochet pattern has recently returned for a playful but classy look in home interiors. Furniture, background as well as trays are utilizing it, bringing life and whimsy to insides.
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A succinct history of the flame stitch. Flame stitch is a layout, rather than a kind of fabric. 1 theory that historians have concerning the roots of this flame stitch is that it emerged from the union of two crochet stitches popular at the 13th and 14th centuries: the Gobelin (or brick stitch) and the Hungarian (or zigzag stitch). The resulting mix was a favorite of Princess Elizabeth of Hungary, who traveled to Perugia, Italy, so often that some think this is how the flame stitch became well known in Italy.
Another theory is that the flame stitch developed from the influence of Middle Eastern textiles, such as ikat, that were coming into Italy via the Silk Road.
The flame stitch wallpaper using a contemporary twist in this photo looks daring but still functions with the room’s design. The warmth of this background joins really nicely with the wingback chairs. Upholstering the seats in a contemporary leather linked them perfectly with the cowhide rug.
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The flame stitch in the U.K. At Parham House at the U.K., there are one of the most breathtaking examples of flame stitch layout, and one of the earliest known flame sew examples in England. Embroidered sometime between 1560 and 1585, its curtains (not revealed here) are made from linen scrim and have repeated colors of blue, brown, fawn, yellow, beige, crimson and orange wool thread.
These days the flame stitch comprises a chemical weave that utilizes man-made or natural fibers. While not inclined to be viewed at Parham House, the curtains and bed reinforce revealed here pay homage to the flame stitch pattern using a whole lot of care and class.
The flame stitch throughout Europe. The flame stitch started to become very well known in the 17th century. Italian armchairs stitched silk threads in flame stitch designs have been observed in a collection in the Bargello Museum in Florence. Consequently, you may have heard the term “Bargello” or “Florentine stitch” to explain the flame stitch.
Flame sew patterns continued to remain popular throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. Ladies would embroider wallets to their husbands in the design, keen to show off their abilities. The French also jumped on the flame stitch bandwagon — they called it “Bergamo.”
A breathtaking example, albeit on a less a grander scale than various other uses, is the superbly modern fabric on this traditional Louis-style chair layout.
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Flame stitch variations. Throughout the later portion of this 17th century, a couple of new patterns emerged that were inspired by the Bargello flame stitch pattern.
The carnation, medallion and diamond designs evolved since new stitches were attempted. These embroideries were discovered more in the U.S. and England than in Europe. Throughout the 1970s the flame stitch dropped deeply out of favor and stayed missing in action for many decades. Luckily for us, however, the flame stitch and all its variants are back.
These contemporary Jonathan Adler Bargello wave pillows look like they had been inspired by the diamond layout of this 17th century. The picture rug mingles beautifully with the pillow layout.
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Contemporary flame stitch designs. Missoni creates maybe the most well-known contemporary interpretations of this flame stitch pattern, as seen in this carpeting. Though Missoni’s offerings have more of a zigzag than a legitimate flame stitch, they have become go-to choices once we would like to flirt with color in a distance.
This carpet brings a great deal of life and texture to the sitting room, while the punchy pillows serve as a necessary counterbalance.
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Flame stitch–patterned accessories. These accessories add visual interest and help pull a room together. The flame stitch design can bring a desired spike to any distance without breaking the bank.
Trust your design instincts and understand that whether you add a cushion, trinket box or tray like this one, utilizing the inspired flame stitch pattern will surely give your spirits a lift each time you walk into the room.