Wow, it has been a busy week at Samdrawsthings HQ, with lots of deliveries going in and out.
The pins arrived for my collaboration with Dye Candy, and they have all been packaged up and posted now. Hutch gave me a sneak preview of the yarn that she has dyed to go with them, and my jaw hit the floor. It’s just beautiful. I know she was feeling a lot of pressure due to it being a mystery yarn, and to the huge number of orders we’ve had, but she has totally knocked it out the park. The first pics of people sharing their pins have started to pop up; I cannot WAIT to see the reactions to the yarn and fibre as it starts to arrive!
The pins have the slogan ‘Drop the stigma, not the stitch’ in reference to mental health stigma, and how much fibre crafts such as knitting and crochet can aid people with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. It’s a cause close to both mine and Hutch’s hearts. I find my drawing is a huge therapeutic tool in dealing with anxiety, and since taking up knitting last year that’s really helped too. There’s something about the squishy softness of the yarn running through my fingers that’s really grounding. It’s also a great mindfulness exercise…
You can still get your hands on these pins in the Samdrawsthings shop here.
Then the pins that I have designed for MAD Scientist Yarns arrived too! These are my first ever rainbow finish pins and I am just delighted with how they came out – they are so SHINY. They feature the scientist from the new logo I designed for them, with some extra yarn and sparkly bits.
Both of these pins are fundraising for mental health charity Mind, which makes me feel so happy. They are doing a lot of important work supporting people with mental health issues, and their website is a very helpful place for information and advice.
You can order your MAD LAB pin here.
And if you would like to collaborate on a fundraiser or commission a pin design, do get in touch 🙂
The 1st of January saw the announcement of the grand total raised by the Flower Power Fund. I posted on Instagram about it on New Year’s Eve, with a bit of back story as to how I became involved in this brilliant community fundraiser…
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Feeling philosophical and thinking about the amazing @flowerpowerfund😀 Last New Year’s Eve, my partner Josh & I wore these amazing 🦊 masks to a party. It was super last minute (we don’t get out a lot these parenting days) and my mum whipped up these masks on her sewing machine. I had to dash into town to get some more threads and a thing happened… ⭐️ I walked into the haberdashery department and had this really strong feeling of returning home. 🏡 The yarn and threads, the fabric and buttons, the patterns and all those ideas in waiting… my creativity has always been about more than drawing. My dad can make pretty much anything from a bit of wood, my mum, from fabric. I’ve almost trained as a sculptor and a costume designer. And I didn’t really know what it meant that day in the store but it was a lovely feeling. It reminded me I was more than just an illustrator… ⭐️ I’d also done a little bit of work with @begentlekel on my business plan and had this big ‘I’m a social enterprise!’ revelation. Kelly is fab 😘 Again, I didn’t know what that meant yet, just that I wanted to do good. 🌈 @sherlock_knits emailed me about @flowerpowerfund on the 20th of December last year. By the 15th of Jan, we had the logo all sorted and approved by Marie Curie. I’d casually suggested I could also draw each flower from the year of flower-inspired yarn and give a donation from the prints…I didn’t expect anyone to buy them! But they did. And I had to get my packaging act together. Then we decided I should try and design a pin, and the last 2 sold just before Christmas. 💐 This year, I’ve made the loveliest new friends, I’m learning to knit, and have a yarn stash to be proud of. I was a proud part of #titsoutcollective and my designs have raised money for Marie Curie, the Badger Trust, Together Rising and Care4Calais. 🙌 2018, you’ve been magic (as well as hard work, scary and a bit of everything else). I’ve got some exciting ideas percolating for the New Year, but I also just want to sit with this lovely feeling for a bit… Happy New Year old friends and new. Loads of love 🥳 #happynewyear #goodbye2018 #flowerpowerfund
Honestly, when Sarah first got in touch with an idea to raised funds by asking independent dyers to create flower-inspired yarns, she thought she might raise £1,000. She also involved other crafters, ran a MARATHON and had regular raffles (all while working as a Doctor for Marie Curie).
Sarah had an existing network of lovely creatives, which just blossomed and really got behind her (self titled) slightly bonkers idea with such enthusiasm.
£22,628.91 raised for Marie Curie!!!!
A new yarn was released every month (sometimes more than one) with the dyers donating a percentage of the proceeds. A lot of the yarn sold out almost instantly, and dyers were frantically trying to keep up with orders.
I did the branding for the project, and then drew each month’s flower and sold the prints. I also designed my first pin. A percentage of all my sales was part of the grand total. My initial thought was that I might raise £50…
But I raised £1082.12! I really hadn’t sold that much via my online and Etsy shop this time last year. I’d had a couple of really depressing attempts at craft shows and felt quite dispirited. So it was amazing when people started to buy the flower prints, and the 200 pins sold out!
I am still feeling a bit reflective and looking back at last year, thinking about what worked and what didn’t, what rocked and what flopped, so that I can put some really solid plans in for the coming year. My little social business is still in the early stages in a lot of ways and I am excited about helping it to flourish in 2019. There are a few things in the pipeline, and if you have a project or idea you think I could help with, do get in touch 🙂
The Badger Sett has a really lovely new collection of badger-inspired crafts and goodies that make perfect gifts for Christmas. We also all donate a percentage from these sales to the Badger Trust’s badger vaccination project – a positive alternative to the badger cull.
The brilliantly talented Amanda of Maysie Daydreams has some very special Christmas decorations:
And some beautiful brock textile art pieces that are just adorable!
MAD Scientist Yarns still have their gorgeous Trufflehunter colourway, as well as two new festive badgers too…
This special Badgermas colourway can also be ordered with an exclusive print from me!
The Crimson Rabbit is busy writing up a pattern for some leg warmers, which look just stunning in the Trufflehunter yarn. Do follow Debbie on Instagram for news of when the pattern is released.
And I am really excited to add some new things to the Sam Draws Things shop!
The Yarn Badger very kindly donated 5 Goose Eye hat kits in different colours (with a name like that, they had to get involved). 100% of the sale price of each kit is going to the badgers! They include yarn and instructions, and are selling quick, so do order soon if you want one. You can find them here.
My lovely and talented friend Jane Brumwell made beautiful Stirling silver and copper progress keepers. They are each rolled with the impression of a skeleton leaf, and are so delicate. Each one is unique! You can find them in the shop here.
And there are also badger prints and Christmas cards 🙂 You can see the whole collection here.
Huge thanks to all the super creative members of the Sett, and to everyone who has bought something so far. It’s so wonderful how the craft-y community gets together for good causes.
Following on from Badgerween, the hard working Badger Sett are busy making creations for our next celebration: Badgermas!
You can read all about the Badger Sett here.
We are fundraising for the Badger Trust’s badger vaccination project through crafty loveliness, and we’ve raised over £300 so far.
This is my final drawing for #mabsdrawlloween club. It combines a few of the prompts and a spell for the badgers – with herbs of protection, healing and invisibility at the bottom. Here’s a Samhain wish for the safe passage of badgers, ravens, monsters and other misunderstood creatures that go bump in the night. Happy Halloween 🙂 xx
The hard working members of the Badger Sett have been releasing all sorts of new and exciting things to celebrate Badgerween. We are helping to fundraise for the Badger Trust’s badger vaccination programme through crafts and creativity.
Our black and white stripy celebration of Halloween has seen a flurry of beautiful badger-inspired work. This not only helps support our wild badgers through fundraising, we’re also raising awareness about the cruel and unnecessary badger cull here in the UK. AND we’re reminding people what they are in danger of losing. We don’t want the badgers to only exist in our art; we want them safe and protected in our fields and woodlands, where they belong.
Here’s a bit of a showcase of badger-y crafts (spoiler alert: there’s more to come!).
There is just one of these beautiful bags from Edelweiss Blossoms left in her shop and it won’t be around for long! You can get your paws on it here.
Ann from Busy Pottering has already sold lots of her lovely woodland bags, and her collaboration with Scruffy Dog Eco Yarns sold out really quickly, raising £150 for badgers! There are a few of her lovely bags left in her shop here.
Amanda of Maysie Daydreams has two of these gorgeous textile art badgers for sale in her shop here, along with some other lovely wildlife-inspired creations.
Brockley the Bunny from Green Rabbit Designs sold super fast! You always have to be quick to catch one of Vivienne’s beautiful bunnies.
This scrummy Truffle Hunter yarn really captures the lovely colours of badgers. I adore the flecks of browns and greys (I’ve got to get better at knitting!). Truffle hunter is still available for pre-order here.
I didn’t manage to keep up with every single prompt for Mab’s Drawlloween Club on Instagram, but I have a lot of fun trying! A lot of the spooky prompts actually really made me think about badgers and why it’s so important to me that we try and help them.
You can find the Badger section of my shop here.
And if you would like to donate directly to the Badger Trust’s badger vaccination project, you can hit the button below 🙂
Badgerween is a black and white stripy celebration of Halloween from the Badger Sett – a group of compassionate creatives fundraising for the Badger Trust. We are supporting their badger vaccination project, a positive alternative to the cull which is being increasingly rolled out across the UK.
How gorgeous are these textile are badgers from Maysie Daydreams?
The badgers are available in Amanda’s online shop here.
And you can pre-order some of this scrummy Truffle Hunter Yarn from Mad Scientist Yarns:
You can get your hands on some Trufflehunter yarn here.
And there will be lots more coming soon, including project bags from Annie at Busy Pottering, who has found the cutest fabric!
I’m also still busy drawing things,and have been following some of the prompts for #mabsdrawlloweenclub on Instagram. I wanted to draw something that touched on why the Badger Sett exists – so drew some ghost badgers, a haunted badger cage and a laboratory…
and I’ve added some colour to my mushroom badgers and they’re now available as a print:
You can find my Badgerween collection here.
The Badger Sett are celebrating a black and white stripy Halloween this year, fundraising for the Badger Trust.
We are a collective of creatives making things to support the badger vaccination project and help end the badger cull, and the first few items for sale have just gone live.
There’s a little and growing collection of black and white and badgery things in the Samdrawsthings online shop…
Tim Burton-esque black and white Halloween bunting
Wildlife Halloween bunting featuring badgers, owls, spiders and bats
Black cat and badger print, from one of my Badgerween drawings
And I am really excited to announce that MAD Scientist Yarns have just launched a Badgerween colourway!
This beautiful hand-dyed yarn is Trufflehunter, and it’s available for pre-order now:
Other members of the Sett are busy developing ideas for Badgerween (and Badgermas!) so I’ll keep you posted as more creations are unveiled.
I’m also attempting to keep up with the drawing prompts for Mab’s Drawlloween club over on Instagram, adding a badger theme to each prompt, and will be developing these into prints and things…
Happy Badgerween! 🙂
This week I’m launching a new fundraising initiative with a collective of other creatives to help fundraise for badgers.
The UK’s badger’s have had such a spectacularly awful time at our hands, I am sometimes amazed that we have any left. These black and white stripy mustelids have a long history of persecution, and were finally granted legal protection from killing and injury to stop things like badger baiting and fighting.
When I lived in Cornwall in the early 2000s, the government started a scientific trial badger cull in the South West, to see if it would stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis among cows. It was a heartbreaking time and so strange to think that these protected animals were now being legally killed. However, the results came back that this was not an effective way to stop the spread of bTb and help cattle farmers protect their herds.
But. The government then rolled the badger cull out to other areas anyway, and they keep rolling it out further and further, with very little science to prove that killing badgers does anything to impact bTb.
After a flurry of petitions and donations when the big culls started, I had to tune out of badger news because it was just too depressing.
Last week though, I got an email newsletter from the Badger Trust. Among all their amazing work (what do you do when your own government wants to destroy the animal you were set up to protect?!) they are running a badger vaccination project and it sounds really promising, for all sorts of reasons. One reason is that it costs £1,000 to cull a badger but £200 to vaccinate one. You can read all about this hopeful project on the Badger Trust website here.
So I did a bit of a call out on social media…
And the Badger Sett was born 🙂
We are a group of creative people raising funds and awareness for the badger vaccination programme. We are going to be celebrating Badgerween and Badgermas by making all sorts of lovely things and donation a percentage of all our sales to the Badger Trust. You can read more about it here, and sign up if you would like to join in too!