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Stitch Soup

Christina, the founder of Stitch Soup began embroidering over 12 years ago.  After she embellished almost all of her wardrobe, she saw her first in-the-hoop project, a tissue holder, and had an ah-ha moment.  She realized there can be so much more to an embroidery machine than just cuffs and collars!  Since then she has focused on digitizing in-the-hoop projects for the home, birthday or Christmas gifts, for new babies, and for mom.  She blends artistic talent with an engineer’s approach to function and the results are an offering of unique embroidery designs – something for everyone.

Over the past year, the DIME staff has been enamored with her collections.  Denise Holguin, managing editor, swooned when she made her first fairy house.  She couldn’t stop at one; in fact she made several dozen and has enjoyed photographing them in charming settings.SSoup4BL

Her little fairy houses even jumped into her Caribbean-bound suitcase on a recent vacation.  Clearly these fairy houses spread a whimsical spell over the stitcher’s creative talents. Because she dreamed up a resident – a silk flower skirted clothespin doll!SSoup8BL

Denise had a ton of fun with the thatched hut.SSoup2BL

She played with color and buttons on the roof.SSoup3BL

The shell trim under the roof line was added in the hoop!  She’s a brave lass, she is.SSoup9BL

As fun as fairy houses are, some of us prefer a bit more function.  Stitch Soup’s tea-light collections were born from necessity. You see, Christina, lives in a fairly remote part of Canada, and is often left in the dark due to power outages.  Those ‘dark moments’ inspired her to keep tea lights close out at hand yet of reach of her canine companions (she has four!).  Hanging tea lights were the answer. Marie Zinno shared the how-to in our July/August 2015 issue.SSoup6BL

One of my favorite Stitch Soup designs was published in our May/June 2015 issue.  What fun to use embroidery, fasteners, small ribbon and trim!SSoup7BL

Visit Stitch Soup today – they’re having a sale!

Tell us about your favorite Stitch Soup design and you’ll be entered to win one of four $25.00 gift certificates to Stitch Soup. 




  • Barbara Chace

    My favorites are the stuffed animals! I particularly love the Polar Bear.

  • Francine Meyer-Drasutis

    I love the hanging flower tea lights! They are are beautiful!

  • Pam Rohrkemper

    I love the fairy houses.

  • Dona

    I love the whole fairy/gnome house set!

  • Joanne Tyndall

    I have the gnome and fairy houses, Just need the time to do them. Love them all. They also have fairy doors that are to die for.

  • Dee

    I am so happy you provided the issue info on her previous designs featured in the past ! Love the fairy vignettes. I have fairy items in most of my rooms .

  • Cara Staviski

    I love the fairy houses. Just last week I made 64 houses and 36 signs!! That will probably only last until September because all of my customers love them as much as I do!!

  • Sally

    The fairy houses are my favorite.

  • Allison Besnard

    It is too hard to pick one! but mainly, I LOVE the Enchanted Forest Collection. This is also where I got my first taste of free standing lace. I want to try a project with a zipper, but I am terrified, but I know her awesome instructions will not lead me astray (I have a couple of the pencil cases and purses to try)
    The passport case has been super handy too.
    (just one? CAN’T)

    • Karen

      The ITH tissue holders with a zipper are so easy and are great gifts. Once you make one, it’s hard to stop. I ran out of friends to give them to.

  • Belinda Germain

    Love these designs, especially the notebook and journal covers!

  • Lydia

    I bought Spring Garden Tea Lights. These will make nice little gifts. I love the designs at Stitch Soup and I would like the Christmas tree tea light set.

  • Donna G.

    Especially love anything made with tealights, although the journal & notebook covers have caught my eye too!

  • Gail Beam

    I love the pocket aprons, but unfortunately my embroidery machine does not have the capability of a large enough hoop, so my next favorite would be the binder pencil cases.

  • Shirley Clark

    She has some very unique things! I loved the little treat boxes for Halloween.

  • Elaine Davis

    Love the journal covers–makes for a personal and unique gift.

  • Kelly Sasman

    I have grandsons who love her bugs that I’ve made for them! I’m a newbie at machine embroidery and that is all I’ve made. Would love to make more!

  • Amy Bartlett

    I have purchases and stitched her Fairy Houses and Gnome houses. The stuff owls turn out so completely adorable to.

    Her designs are so great and stitch out and are able to be put together so easily with her easy to follow instructions. Can’t wait to see what new designs she will come up with next 🙂

  • Nancy Weber

    I too love in the hoop projects and my favorite(s) from Stitch Soup are the hanging tea light holders. Tops would have to be the bird cages, but I am in love with them all.

  • terence

    it’s beautifull job

  • Cindy Amend

    The fairy houses are adorable! These would really make a great gift for a little girl.

  • Barbara Lepech

    Love them all!!!

  • Linda

    Love the gnome and fairy houses–I have them all!

  • Valerie

    I really like the journal covers and the clear zip pouches. But the enchanted forest are SOOO cute!

  • Sarah FORD

    I love the Stitch Soup Bird Houses, it’s so easy to change the mood, by changing the colors to suit the recipient. My first one was red and green at Christmas, and I’ve just made a pale pink and blue one for spring!

  • Joy W.

    My favorite are her fairy houses I have all five sets that I have found. My second favorite is her Christmas houses, had to snatch those up too. Eventually though I am going to own alllll of her designs because I loves them so much!!!

  • Karen S

    I like the journal covers.

  • Anne Johnson

    I too like the lanterns and hanging tea lights. All are very creative.

  • Judi C

    The hanging t-lite lanterns are awesome for our camper.

  • Sara Redner

    I have made the little notebook covers for almost everyone I know. They are so easy and fun to make. I also love the clear pouches.

  • Vicki

    We love the FSL bat and spiders withe the cobwebs.

  • Deb

    I have made some of the Journal covers. They are well digitized & a lot of fun to create & embellish.

    • Wilma Coats

      I love the little journals.

  • Tania

    I just love the Gnome and Fairy houses! Beautiful!

  • Gearldine Tokley

    Great article!

  • Delmer Lessmann

    Very quality article!

  • Kristel Drolet

    Wow, thanks for the information.

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  • Bruce

    I like them all. They are beautiful.


  • Marlene Demello

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts!