Kasuti Lesson 2

This lesson will teach you how to work kasuti on a plain fabric with a traced design. While using this method, the two stitches that can be done easily are Gavanti and Muragi.

Here, you will see an illustration of a simple pattern using a combination of Gavanti and Muragi. This lesson will also demonstrate elaborately on how to deal with the logic of the ‘stitch route’. This will be especially helpful to beginners to embroidery. For the more experienced, they can just breeze through to get an idea.

You need to refer Kasuti Lesson 1 before starting with this lesson.

Fig 1: Trace out the pattern from the graph paper onto the fabric using a carbon tracing paper or any other tracing medium.
Fig 2: Trace out the pattern from the graph paper onto the fabric using a carbon tracing paper or any other tracing medium. Fig 3: Everytime you reach a point with a choice to go either left or right, the trick is to keep finishing all the lines/patterns on the left first and then move to right. This is a simple logic to keep any confusion at rest.
So, start the return journey and when you reach back at C, move to the right side.
Fig 4: Once you finish with the right side and return to the point B, continue the journey upward unitl you reach the last point, D.You will see that the patterns hanging on the left side is finished. Fig 5: Start the return journey.Just a simple note: diamonds are seen as a split in the main line, and not as a pattern in itself. This is the reason why the diamonds are finished during the return journey.
Fig 6: Now, we start with the right side of the pattern. Finish up with the diamond, return back downwards. From B, turn to the right. Finish the left part of the hanging pattern first before moving to finishing the right part. Fig 7: Once you reach back to the point B, continue the return journey downwards till you reach the first diamond.
Fig 8: Finish up with the diamond. Fig 9: Return back to the centre, A.
Now we begin the next part of the pattern. Work upward, through the point B till the very end. Keep to the left all the way.
Fig 10: Begin your return journey and come back to B. Move to the right side of the pattern, but before going all the way up, you have to finish the little diamond shape lying in between. So, take a diversion to where the little arrow points to. Fig 11: Take the return journey and follow the little arrow to the right and continue to finish up with the remaining pattern.
Now, instead, you can also finish the little diamond on return journey from the right side.
Fig 12: Continue the return journey downwards. Fig 13: Finish up with the diamond and return to the centre. Now, continue with the next line of pattern till the entire design is done in the similar way.
Fig 14: he completed kasuti pattern would look like this.

Note : This pattern has been borrowed from ‘Traditional Embroideries of India’ by Shailaja D. Naik.

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32 Responses

  1. Vee Trinidad and Tobago Google Chrome Windows says:

    Hi Sarah,

    Just wanted to thank you again for your tutorials.
    This is a pic of my very 1st embroidery.
    I just created a design from putting your kasuti and buti example patterns together in a repetitive way so that I can get as much practice as possible.

    I’ve been wanting to do this a long time, thanks again and looking forward to trying more tutorials.

    I would also like to see some embroidery tutorials sometime with how to add beads and sequins to adorn and highlight the work. 🙂

  2. Vee Trinidad and Tobago Google Chrome Windows says:

    i’m excited….thanks so much

  3. Vee Trinidad and Tobago Google Chrome Windows says:


    I am an absolute newbie but I absolutely love this design and I think I want to try it on fabric to make a little cushion.

    You said that this example was done on plain fabric.
    What type of fabric do you suggest for my throw cushions.

    Should I specifically be looking at cotton fabrics?


    • sarah India Google Chrome Windows says:

      Hi Vee,
      I have always preferred cotton for furnishings, and so, would suggest you the same. There are different kinds of texture you can pick up in cotton. As a person new to embroidery, you would enjoy working on cotton more. You can also look at fabric with cotton mix…Look for something not too smooth, thin or slippery, like polyester or satin.
      Hope this helps. 🙂

  4. saraswathi India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    hi sarash
    thanks for tutorial. i came to know that kasuti stitch starts and end without knot. plese tell me how to do that.



  5. saraswathi India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    hi sarash

    thanks for tutorial. i came to know that in kasuti stitch stars and ends without knot. how to do that.please help me.


  6. revathi India Google Chrome  Nexus 10 Build/JOP40C) AppleWebKit/535.19 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/18.0.1025.166  Safari/535.19 says:

    Dear Sarah, sometime back I wrote to you. I am not very good in handling computer. How to get in touch with you.

  7. kiran India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Great work Sarah You step by step diagram is of a great help thank you so much for the painstakingly done work.Keep it up!

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