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Fire Power: The Flame Stitch

Like moths to a flame, we keep getting drawn in when it comes to flame stitch. The Renaissance-era textile technique has come and gone in popularity, several times over, and largely thanks to Missoni’s line for Target from Fall 2011, the embroidery-inspired pattern is hot once again.

The last two years, the highly anticipated Kips Bay Showhouse here in New York City has featured flame stitch patterns in its décor. In 2010, designer Sherrill Canet added a striking flame stitch-inspired rug to the living room she designed, from her own collection available through Stark Carpet. The monochromatic color scheme keeps this pattern from being too overpowering , a trick when using this flame stitch in a formal setting. Last year, Richard Mishaan featured flame stitch curtains in the 40-foot living room. Paired with the gilded mirrors, dark blue Leleu dining table, vintage Moroccan rug and two of his own stunning Abstract Expressionist paintings, the design blends effortlessly into the décor. The modern day interpretation is far from the ‘70s zigzags that may decorate your granny’s wing chair. The design is being seen in bold fabric designs to small home accessories, all with the capability of lighting up a room.

Bargello Sandpiper Drive Pillow by Jonathan Adler Flame Stitch Coaster Set by Wolfum Pickfair China by Kelly Wearstler for Pickard China Missoni for Target Small Tumbler by Target Flame Stitch Curtain Courtesy of Urban Outfitters Missoni for Target Square Pouf by Target Other Photos: Mag-Neat-O Carpet Tile in Radiant by FLOR, Bargello Fabric by Zoffany, Sherrill Canet Interiors, Richard Mishaan Design

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