I mentioned previously that one of my Christmas gifts included the book English Country House Interiors. I can trace my fascination with the English country house back to the first time I ever watched the movie Emma…and every single Jane Austen inspired flick since! This book features some of Britain’s most beautiful country homes, with an in depth look into their history and rooms that are often not viewable by the public.
You can imagine my surprise when I flipped open one of the pages only to find the most gorgeous chair, upholstered in a flame stitch pattern, staring right back at me. The fabric, with its pinks, grays and turquoise blue, looks so current! But no. The captain by the photo indeed read, “original late-seventeenth century upholstery.” Wow.
It’s amazing that the flame stitch, a form of Bargello needlepoint (or is it the other way around? see below…), still manages to inspire today. Here are a few flame stitch-inspired pieces I love.
One — Urban Outfitters Flame Stitch curtain, $39.
Two — Kelly Wearstler Pickfair Place Settings (LOVE!)
Three — M Missoni Flame Stitch Dress (may still be available in some stores)
Four — Jonathan Adler Bargello Flame Pillow, $168
Five — Jonathan Adler Bargello Worth Avenue Pillow, $175
Six — New Ravenna mosaic wall tiles
Seven — Lee Jofa Holland Flame Stitch Fabric
Eight — Wolfum Flame Stitch Coaster Set, $35
Nine — Bathroom design by Alexandra Berlin
Who knew that what we often classify as ‘chevron’ has such a rich history in the textile world? You can learn more about Bargello needlework here, here and here, as well as a bit more about flame stitch here. Design school grads, help me out — I’m struggling to figure out the exact difference between these two terms! Share your interior design prowess below.