It is interesting that in 1808, just 10 years after this wallet was stitched, Hogarth should write that Irish stitch had long been out of fashion! But patently not in the United States. Irish stitch was construed to be a corruption of Iris Stitch, owing to its resemblance to a rainbow. Poets liken fir trees and hedges to Irish Stitch. Others saw in the stitch the resemblance to flames, though equally Flame could have its origin in Flemming. Other names in use for this stitch are Bargello - from the furniture in the Bargello Palace in Florence, Florentine Stitch, and Hungarian Point. It is such a simple stitch and the design so attractive and easy to follow, that it was stitched almost universally.