Hello! I'm Claire 👋
[Happy peach, teaching my first ever embroidery workshop.]
I'm the self taught hand embroidery artist and one-woman-band behind Delicious Monster Tea. Hands down (no pun intended), hand embroidery is one of my absolute favourite things to do and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to say that I am now a full-time embroiderer!
I never set out to run a creative business, in fact up until very recently I would always have described myself as "left-brained", with a degree in Economics and many years working as a maths tutor. But in 2016, I started to teach myself embroidery one evening and very accidentally started a business. Two years later, that accidental business had grown and I took the leap and quit my day job. Another two years later and here I am, a full-time embroideress with a right-brain that is growing day by day.
When I'm not working in my home studio or knee deep in some Stephen King horror, I like to spend as much time as possible outside with my big muddy boots on, nerding it up big time over all the wild flowers and birds. My passion for all things nature is one of the reasons that I have worked so hard to build Delicious Monster Tea as a sustainable brand.
This little business of mine has grown considerably since 2016, and I have hand embroidered over 3500 organic cotton t-shirts since then, including those worn by Fearne Cotton, Rachel Stevens and Annie Mac! I've also worked on some dream commissions, including these table runners, a top secret wedding dress and these matching bridal jackets. More recently, I've developed a range of DIY embroidery kits for people to try at home - they've taken off in a BIG way and I'm so excited to have spread my love for embroidery to some new crafters.
Along the way I have tried to be as open and honest as possible about running a small business - the highs and lows, and my attempts to live a healthy work-life "balance". You can read more about the business side of things in this interview, or listen to some honest solopreneur chat on this podcast.
If you like what you see and want to know more (or maybe you're just really nosy like me), go wild for the links below.
Read all about the sustainability behind Delicious Monster Tea.
Follow me on Instagram for honest behind the scenes chat.
Have a nosy at some of my recent commission work.
Or just get straight to the point and get in touch!