The flame stitch throughout Europe. The flame stitch started to become very popular in the 17th century. Italian armchairs stitched with silk threads in flame stitch designs were seen in a collection at the Bargello Museum in Florence. As a result, you may have heard the term "Bargello" or "Florentine stitch" to describe the flame stitch. Flame stitch patterns continued to remain popular throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. Women would embroider wallets for their future husbands in the design, keen to show off their skills. The French also jumped on the flame stitch bandwagon — they called it "Bergamo."A breathtaking example, albeit on a less a grander scale than some other uses, is the delightfully modern fabric on this classic Louis-style chair design.