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Gopur Kutch ( Part 1)

          Gopur kutch work , lets start with this . In Ratha design,  base stitch was done in two parts. But in Gopur design base stitch has 4 parts and filling stitch also has 4 parts. This design is bit complex, so follow the instruction chart carefully.

Gopur Design

                     Click here for design Gopur design. If you are taking printout in A4 size paper, reduce to 50% or two gopur design in one page. Always keep printout of instruction chart beside you. As usual i have taken 2 strands of thread, crewel needle 7 or 8. Copy the design on fabric.

Part 1 of base stitch, Gopur design

Part 1 Base stitch instruction chart , Gopur design

                          In above picture you can see i have highlighted only part 1 of base stitch on fabric, beginner can follow the same, its helps you a lot and you cannot go wrong. Now follow part 1 instruction chart. Numbering shows correct path to follow and arrow mark in green colour shows intersection of two threads where exactly needle should pass under the thread.

Part 1 base stitch, Gopur design

                          Come out at point and travel to point 2 thread being under the needle.

Part 1 base stitch, Gopur design

                         Attention, attention, observe above picture. Observe point 3 and needle positioning . Here  pierces needle exactly at point 3 and taking 3-4 threads of cloth come out below point 3.

Part 1 base stitch, Gopur design

                            Now pass needle under the thread as shown in above picture. So till point 19 follow the same steps ie points 5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19.   At these points follow above steps. Here if you observe point 2 and 3, both ends of thread are above,   same thing happens with points 4-5,6-7,8-9,10-11,12-13,14-15,16-17,18-19.

Part 1 base stitch, Gopur design

                               Complete base stitch part 1 following above collage.

Finished Part 1 base stitch, Gopur design

                      Click on the above picture for closer view and do check, where threads have gone above and below.

Part 2 to 4 of base stitch, Gopur design

                    Now observe above picture, part 2 of base stitch is highlighted with orange colour.  Now following above chart highlight your fabric design as we did in part 1 of  base stitch, this helps to work part 2 base stitch correctly without any confusion.

                         Come out exactly at point 1 as shown in below picture and in chart ( highlighted with red dot). Follow numbers and arrow marks correctly.

Starting point of part 2 base stitch, Gopur design

                       Following below collage complete part 2 base stitch.

Part 2 base stitch, Gopur design

                     Have a look at finished part 2 base stitch.

Finished part 2 base stitch, Gopur design

                        Now lets start with part 3 of base stitch, observe part 2 instruction chart, areas highlighted with pink colour is part 3, just above point 28 you can see cross highlighted with red colour. Start from that point for part 3 of base stitch. Follow below collage to complete part 3 base stitch.

Part 3 of base stitch, Gopur design

                       "Please note in above collage ignore last two pictures its repeated."

Finished part 3 base stitch, Gopur desing

                       So the last part ie part 4 of base stitch. Observe part 2 instruction chart. Areas highlighted with green, yellow and orange comes in part 4 of base stitch and cross highlighted with red dot in each colour shows starting point of that particular highlighted area. Its almost heart of the design. If you observe highlighted green or orange or yellow, each of them have 5 points marked as a,b,c,d,e.

                        To start with part 4 of base stitch, come out at point "a" highlighted with red dot  just above the number 19 in part 2 instruction chart. At point "a" needle should come out below the base stitch thread with out catching thread. Following below two collage complete part 4 base stitch.

Part 4 of base stitch, Gopur design

2. Part 4 of base stitch, Gopur design

Finished base stitch, Gopur design

                         Backside of fabric looks like this below picture.

Backside of fabric


                         Do checkout for filling stitch tutorial in my next post ie Gopur filling .


  1. Hi Preethi, I have transferred the design on graph sheet and going to try. Can I use the usual herringbone for filling stitch? I see the difference is only in the direction otherwise threads going up and down are similar. I'm new to this cretan stitch method and familiar with the usual kutch designs. Can I give a try in herringbone method or if it will not work out or it is very different then I'll try the cretan stitch method.. Pls give ur inputs.

    1. Hi Sangheetha, u can definitely give a try using herringbone stitch as foundation stitch as u r familiar with working kutch in herringbone method. I would suggest u to try on scrap before commencing on actual project. Just keep an eye whether foundation stitch is done properly or not ( thread going up and down part). Once u get proper foundation stitch, filling is easy. All the best :). Once done pls share ur work with me.

  2. Hi preethi, I did it and it came out well. I'll post the pics in my blog. Will take more pics later.


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