Though there are wonderful tutorials for basic square,I am starting my tutorial with this , because kutch embroidery starts with this square.
In this tutorial I am dealing with the curved square.
Things to remember-
1. the thickness of the thread depends on the size of the basic square.
2. After the pattern is filled with the stitch, the cloth on which it is done should not be seen. The thread weaving should cover the whole pattern.
3. Important- the thread path- the thread always goes up and down alternatively, this keeps the embroidery intact.looks attractive also. If there are mistakes, it is visible to the eye, and the finished look is not good.
4. take time to draw the design as perfect and neat as possible, otherwise it is difficult to – move around- and simultaneously rectify the original design.
5. practice a lot. understanding is better that way.
The finished basic square looks like this-

basic square -completed

I have drawn the pattern big, and used pearl cotton for showing the details only.
The foundation stitch ‘F’-
The square-

square pattern pattern on cloth


Start with taking the needle out at ‘1’ and move across and insert it at ‘2’. This thread is parellel to the line of the pattern.

kutch square-drawing 1kutch square-working 1

Take the needle out at an angle at ‘3’. This angle is based on the second line[‘3’ –‘4’] being perpendicular to first line[‘1’-‘2’].
From’3’ go over to the next corner and insert the needle at ‘4’.
The second line goes over the first line at the intersection.

kutch square drawing 2kutch square working 2

Repeat step 3 for the third line[‘5’-‘6’]

kutch square drawing 3kutch square working 3kutch square working 4


4th and last line- take the needle out at ‘7’ and go over the third line[‘5’-‘6’] at right angle.
Important – now go under the first line[‘1’- ‘2’] and insert the needle at ‘8’.

kutch square drawing 4kutch square working 5

At this point the lines are all going over and under alternatively.

the completed  foundation’F’ stitch.

foundation stitch completed

The interlacing stitch- [I]-
I have a taken a different colour thread to show the working.
Take the needle out a t a point- between ‘1’&’8’. Just as the foundation stitchm, this journey is also from left to right.

kutch square drawing 6

Study the first line –

The thread comes out at ‘1’ and at the intersection[1st&2nd line] it is going above
So now the journey should be- the interlacing thread[I] goes below
At the same intersection the fourth line[‘7’-‘8’] is going below the first line[‘1’-‘2’].

Now the [I] thread goes above fourth line.

kutch square working 7

Cross over to the next intersection and study it.
The theory is – wherever the [F] thread is above[on top] the [I] thread goes over it.and wherever the [F] thread runs below[goes beneath] the [I] thread goes below it. On this basis the [I] thread is interlaced, lastly it crosses above the initial line also.

kutch square drawing 7kutch square drawing 8kutch sqaure working 9kutch square working 10

Step -2 is repeated on the next intersection of the [F] thread.

kutch square drawing 9kutch square working 11kutch square working 12

After interlacing around this corner, the [I] thread goes above the previous line and lastly crosses below the first line.

kutch square drawing 10kutch square working 13kutch square drawing completed

kutch square working 15kutch square working 16

Thus an interlaced inner square is completed.
The [F] thread does not move, because it pierces the fabric.
The [I] thread is directed to interlace over and under the [F] thread. This keeps it intact and in place..
The square should be made as small as possible, otherwise the interlacing thread will have place to move inside the foundation stitch, this will distort the square.
Practicing of this square is very important because, this is the basis for kutch embroidery. practice it over and over, till such a time ,when we are able to do this stitch without even trying!
if there are any doubts to be cleared, if there are any tough spots on this tutorial anywhere, please do convey them.

I ‘ll happy to wotk on them. Mirror tutorial was breeze compared to this.I may have overlooked certain important factors. I can try to improvise.

 Hope this tutorial is helpful.I ‘ll continue  the tutorials with the other basic patterns , once I receive the feedback.

24 Responses to “kutch work tutorial-1 basic square”

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  2. asha Says:

    it was of gr8 help!!

  3. Bindu Issac Says:

    thank you…

  4. Manasi Says:

    This has been made very simple and easy to understand the stich.

  5. veejas Says:

    its good. simple. easy to understand. thanks

    1. jizee6687 Says:

      I hope it is useful.

  6. Ashwini kate Says:

    Thank you so much I love these kutchi embroidery………….I m happy that you are taking tutorial. .Surely I am going to try. …..It is beneficial to me

    1. jizee6687 Says:

      I am glad you are finding this useful.

  7. archana Says:

    Its very beautyful i like it .i want to learned this stitchs please send me stitchs

    1. jizee6687 Says:

      Hi Archana. Thank you. what specific stitches?

  8. Ashwitha Nailesh Says:

    Thank u. This tutorial is very easy to understand. I will definitely try this.

    1. jizee6687 Says:

      Thank you, Ashwitha

  9. Anu radha Says:

    Dear Madam, thank you for this tutorial. It was great help. Can you tell me what size diamond I should draw for this basic square and also for other bigger Kutch work designs. Thank you.- Anuradha

    1. jizee6687 Says:

      Good to know that this tutorial is useful.
      the ideal size of each individual square is .2 inch drawn on inch graph. this produces bold designs to be worked with 3 strands of cotton skein. 4 mm square produces more intricate designs. this can be worked with 2 strands of cotton skien. start drawing .2 inch square and move on to 4 mm square. Hope this was useful.

  10. Varsha Says:

    Hi! I need you to guide me to do one particular kutch work that I’m having trouble with. please let me know your email that I can send motif image.

    1. jizee6687 Says: i am more regular on my blog than my email

  11. Varsha Says:

    Hi! Thanks for replying back. I have to send image of that motif I’m having trouble with, that’s why I’ll sending by email. Thanks.

    1. jizee6687 Says:


  12. Varsha Says:

    Hello, I have sent you an email yesterday. Let me know if you didn’t receive. Thanks

    1. jizee6687 Says:

      hi Varsha, I did not receive your e mail

    2. jizee6687 Says:

      Hi Varsha, I did not receive your e mail.

  13. Varsha Says:

    Oh. Ok. Just let me know if you can teach me, I’ll be appreciat a lot. Thanks

    1. jizee6687 Says:

      I have to see the motif. I can definitely try .

  14. Varsha Says:

    Hello. I have sent emails so many times to you. I’m hoping this time may be you receive. If not let me know or you can provide some other email address please. Thanks

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