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Small Flame Stitch

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Small Flame Stitch

The many names of the flame stitch (Bargello stitch, Irish stitch, Hungarian stitch, & Florentine stitch) add to the mystery of its origins. Early examples dating all the way back to the 13th century have been found. The name “bargello” comes from a pair of 17th century chairs that are upholstered with a flame stitch fabric at the Bargello Palace in Florence. Examples from the 18th century by Empress Maria Theresa of Hungary, the mother of Marie Antoinette, are preserved in the Hungarian National Museum. The trend spread throughout Europe and also made its way to North America.

Larger pieces of flame stitch embroidery were typically made by men in factories to meet commercial demand, and smaller pieces may have been made by women practicing the craft at home. The larger panels were commissioned by the wealthy to be used for upholstery and home decoration. Smaller panels, such as this one, were used to create cushions, purses, shoes, and other accessories.

This piece would make a perfect small pillow, wall hanging, or even a wallet, pouch, or purse.

Circa: 19th C.

Origin: Italy, France, or USA

Material: Wool on Linen

Condition: Excellent

Dimensions: 16" x 12"

Inventory number: TX4941

Small Flame Stitch