Also known as bargello or Florentine stitch, traditional flame stitch needlework combines long, vertical stitches and bold colors into zigzagging peaks and valleys. The October 1968 issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine used the undulating pattern to bring a bit of that era's psychedelic aesthetic to an interior.
Still prized for its vibrancy, modern flame stitch has updated its mathematical uniformity with geometric variations and handcrafted textures. Applications are vast, including painted clock faces, fabric with sea-like waves, and asymmetrical accessories. The area rug in this colorful dining room weaves together a rainbow of pastel hues for a feminine look.
A hint of flame stitch pattern goes a long way. Perk up bedding, sofas, and seating with flame stitch throw pillows. The funky fabric looks right at home in this welcoming bedroom, despite traditional furniture and fittings.
Incorporate flame stitch seating into classic decorating styles for a look that's fresh rather than stuffy. Old-world dining chairs feel contemporary when reupholstered with flame stitch fabric. Keep the pattern's color scheme monochromatic to fit with traditional and European-inspired decor.