Friday, August 17, 2007
It may conjure up memories of the early 1980's, but flame stitch, aka Bargello needlework, has been around for centuries. The earliest accounts of this embroidery work date back to a set of 17th century chairs at the Bargello palace in Florence. The patterns are generally characterized by diagonal lines in gradating tones to resemble a flame or in some cases a curved or geometric floral motif.
A pair of flame stitch pillows adorn the sofa of designer Evan Lobel, a champion of the eighties resurgence. (photo from New York Magazine).
Jonathan Adler "Bargello" pillows adorn Liz Lange's New York Apartment (photo from Domino).
Flame stitch pillows are spotted in Trina Turk's mid century living room in L.A. (photo from Elle Decor).