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Type of 17th-century embroidery, named for the upholstery of a set of Italian chairs at Florence's Bargello Museum. It consists of a wavy zigzag pattern of flat vertical stitches laid parallel with the canvas weave, rather than crossing the intersections diagonally as in most canvas stitches, in gradating tones of the same colour or in contrasting colours. The characteristic stitch is called Florentine, cushion, Hungarian, or flame stitch (an allusion to the flamelike gradation of colour).
Variants of BARGELLO
bargello or Florentine canvas work
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