Bargello Flame Stitch Pattern

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The Flame Stitch pattern is the easiest and best known Bargello needlepoint design motif. It can be altered by increasing or decreasing the length and spacing of stitches from start to peak.

You can even make different heights that resemble mountain peaks or deep valleys based on your own design needs.

Make the Bargello Flame Stitch in 3 Easy Steps
  1. Make a 4-1 or 4-2 bargello needlepoint stitch either up or down the canvas until you reach a desired peak.
  2. Return to the original level by stitching the same way either down or up.
  3. Repeat the pattern across the needlepoint canvas to establish the design.

Variations in The Flame Stitch bargello needlepoint motif are limitless—especially with the use of color and the length and depth of the zigzag-like effect it makes.

This is a great pattern to use to try your bargello needlepoint wings. Why not make a four to six inch sample of the flame stitch as part of a bargello notebook?


  1. Nancy Howland says

    I haven’t done needlepoint in years, but I’ve always wanted to try what I only knew until recently was the “flame stitch”. The women who ran the local needle point store, now closed, looked at me like I was crazy and said they’d never heard of such a thing. So I gave up looking.

    Now, I don’t know what supplies I need, where to get beginner patterns, etc. I only want to work with the flame stitch or line stitch. Can you help?

    Thanks for your time,


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