Flame Stitch Fabric: A Classic Pattern with Updated Vibes

Ready to play with fire? Put a spin on this centuries-old but always energetic pattern.

BHG flame stitch


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, as seen above.


Navy living room

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. For example, the area rug in this colorful dining room weaves together a rainbow of pastel hues for a feminine look.

Flame Stitch Accessories

His and Hers

A hint of the pattern goes a long way. Perk up bedding, sofas, and seating with flame stitch throw pillows. The flame stitch fabric looks right at home in this welcoming bedroom with traditional furniture and fittings.

Dramatic Curtains

chevron curtains

Utilize the many shades of flame stitch fabric to create a color scheme. In this living room, flame stitch curtains continue the rich yellow of a leather sofa and cool blues found in the accessories. The fuchsia stripes seem to dance across the room's gray walls.

Upholstered Seating


Incorporate flame stitch seating into classic decorating styles for a fresh rather than stuffy look. Old-world dining chairs feel fresh when reupholstered with flame stitch fabric. Keep the pattern's color scheme monochromatic to fit with traditional and European-inspired decor.

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