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Banshee Yarns branding looking fab!

Posted on: May 29th, 2019 by samdrawsthings No Comments

It’s lovely watching a brand new brand blossom.  I love the moment when a logo I’ve designed starts appearing on things.  It takes on a life of its own away from my sketchbook and it’s pure magic.

The yarn bands I’ve designed for Banshee Yarns have just been wrapped around their first skeins of yarn, and their colours are so stunning, look! 🙂

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Dorcha, Stain & Apocalypse on 70/30 Merino/Silk

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Go follow them for news of their other colours, online shop and first wool show.

If you’d like any help with logo design or branding, you can drop me an email here.

A couple of new knitting-based projects

Posted on: March 22nd, 2019 by samdrawsthings No Comments

Design work is a funny business – sometimes there’s a really tight deadline and turn around; sometimes things are in the pipe line for ages before they come out into the light of day.  Through a combination of both of those, I’ve got a couple of new pieces of work to share with you!

I was so excited to see Cartref Yarn appear on my Instagram feed today.  I designed their logo last year and have been dying to talk about it. Jennie and Zoe knew that they wanted something based around a Welsh map.  Below is a page from their branding pack (everyone I work with gets a shiny pack with tips on how to use their new goodies in).

Cartref Yarn branding by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

You can follow their journey on Instagram here (it’s already looking really good):

Hutch of Dye Candy reached out at the end of last year with a more general idea for us to collaborate on something.  We’ve got lots more to share with you soon, but we kicked off with a drawing of Hutch inspired by Tank Girl!  I’m going to be doing a few of these drawings with different poses, backgrounds and text on to share on her social media feeds.

Although both in the yarn world, these projects are so different, and I just love how the diverse members of the community bring their own personality into their brands.

Both projects also gave me a nice push to try something new – I’d never drawn a map before, and animals and plants are definitely my comfort zone over drawing people.  I never really know how a project is going to turn out when I begin it, but I’m so pleased with how these worked out.

You can see more of the projects I’ve been working on here 🙂

All Welcome

Posted on: January 18th, 2019 by samdrawsthings No Comments

ponderings banner by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Over the last couple of weeks, anti-racism has reached the knitting and crafting communities online in a big way.  It’s undoubtedly been incredibly tough for the people of colour who have been doing an awful lot of emotional labour to educate white people (like me) about their experiences of exclusion and racism, and show us that even the (superficially) fluffy knitting world is racist.  I’m incredibly grateful and humbled by their hard work and bravery.

It’s brought amazing activists and educators like Rachel Cargle and Layla Saad to the attention of lots of us crafters. I’ve been slowly Doing The Work and considering how much white supremacy really isn’t a thing of the past, or just the purview of a few extremists in white hoods – it’s EVERYWHERE and something that I benefit from.  I’ve also been discovering amazing activists challenging gender (and race) issues, like Alok.

When I’ve found the work challenging, I try keep in mind the image of how I would like a man to react to #metoo.

You know how Kavanaugh and Trump made Christine Blasey Ford’s hearing all about men, and how hard it was for the poor men of the world to be attacked in such a way, when SHE was the one who was threatened and terrified…?  Yeah, that’s the opposite of what the world needs right now.  We white people need to shut up, sit down, listen, shut up some more and not make it about us.  And then we need to make some changes to how we behave, so that we challenge exclusion when we see it, and build things from the ground up that are open to everyone.

The gorgeous hashtag on Instaram #diverseknitty has also helped amazing creatives from around the world share their wonderful work with new followers and fans.

There are also, I hope, lots of other makers, podcasters, brands, shows and shops who are considering how they can be more inclusive and reach out to make everyone feel welcome.

I don’t have a physical shop (or really do much out in the real world at all to be honest right now!), but I wanted to draw something to let everyone know that they are welcome in my online spaces.

A drawing showing a diverse group of people with the text 'all welcome' above. By Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Whatever your background, or however you identify, you are always welcome here.

And if you’d like to collaborate or if there’s something I can do to help you feel more included or access my work, just give me a shout.

Looking back at the Flower Power Fund

Posted on: January 2nd, 2019 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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

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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.

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Thank you doesn’t seem quite enough but it’s the best I have! This time last year I was hoping that we might sell about 10 skeins a month and perhaps raise £1000 if we really tried. When @edencottageyarns said she’d dye 50 skeins for me I panicked and worried that I might be sending her hurtling towards certain bankruptcy!! But month on month you have ordered yarn in your hundreds, and the £1000 grew quickly to £10,000 and then nail-bitingly I began to hope for £20,000. To smash that target utterly and reach over £22,000 is beyond my wildest dreams, and all to help @mariecurieuk support more people living with terminal illness and their families. So thank you to all the dyers, bagmakers and other fabulous crafters who made products to sell each month, or who donated raffle prizes. Thank you to everyone who sponsored me or donated to the fund, or who bought raffle tickets month on month. Thank you to all the people who listened to my #slightlybonkersidea in the first place and told me I wasn’t being ridiculous. Thank you to all the people who knitted socks for my patients this year and smashed that target too. And thank you to @samdrawsthings who listened to my idea and utterly embraced it becoming my partner in crime over the past year. What shall we do next?!? 😉 #flowerpowerfund #slightlybonkersidea

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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 🙂

Flowers for the Flower Power Fund by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Gift ideas that give to badgers too

Posted on: December 9th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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:

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EVERYONE, I finally made it! The Limited Edition Badger Hearts are here! They are £10 each and made to order, you can choose if you want wool felt, or vegan ecofelt, you even have a choice of ribbon. You could use them as a Christmas decoration but I might leave mine up all year round! There will only be 5 available and every penny will go to the @badgertrust . (PS I've only made this available to the UK but if you are from elsewhere and you are ok with the fact that it might not arrive in time for Christmas let me know and I'll open the listing to you!) #badgertrust #stopthecull #animalwelfare #wildlifeconservation #consciouschristmas #thoughtfulgifts #vegan #vegangifts #animalrights #handmadechristmas #christmaswithlove #handmadehome #feltcrafts #slowstitching #ooakgifts

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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.

 

A new botanical illustration for the Flower Power Fund

Posted on: September 17th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

Wow.  September is here.  At the same time as feeling like it’s been a really long summer this year, I also can’t quite believer we are now heading into autumn.  If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know I’ve been a bit of a mess as my little boy starts a new preschool (he’s absolutely fine of course).

We are also into month 9 of the lovely Flower Power Fund, and onto our 12th flower already!

Every month, new indie dyers and makers create lovely things for cratfers on a flower theme, with a % of all sales going to Marie Curie.  This month, it’s all about Love-in-a-Mist, with a beautiful new yarn from Eden Cottage Yarns , a bag from Betsy Makes (both of which have sold out already!) and a new print from me:

You can find the print and everything Flower Power Fund related in my online shop here. 

 

Marie Curie Sock Quest Bits & Bobs

Posted on: August 28th, 2018 by samdrawsthings 1 Comment

Marie Curie Sock Quest logo and banner by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

This is the original #slightlybonkersidea from the wonderful Sarah Holmes:

“I am a doctor working at Marie Curie Hospice Bradford, and in my spare time I am also a knitter.

Last year, I decided to knit a pair of socks in limited edition Marie Curie yarn for every one of the patients in Bradford Hospice at Christmas. When I posted about it online lots of kind knitters offered to help, and the project grew. Hand knitted socks came in from all around the world, including U.S.A, New Zealand and Dubai. In the end, we collected over 229 pairs of socks, enough for EVERY patient in EVERY Marie Curie Hospice in the UK to have a pair of hand knitted socks for Christmas.”

Isn’t that amazing?  Sarah is also the lady behind the Flower Power Fund.  And this summer she also ran a marathon!  She’s one of the most inspiring women you could hope to meet, and you can find her JustGiving page here.

This year, The Marie Curie Sock Quest is running again, and there are lots of people knitting already!

There is a special yarn by West Yorkshire Spinners that’s available from City Knits here.

And there’s a sock pattern by Sarah you can try here.

I’ve created a couple of downloadable things to help – a wrapper to go around the socks and a little card that you can fold up to go with them.  You can add a note or just let the recipient know who their socks are from.

You can download them both to print at home by clicking on the buttons below.

They are both A4 sized.  The card folds down into quarters, and the sock wrapper has a green line so that you can cut it down the middle.  You can then stick the back together to fit it around the socks.

(If you find that you lose bits of the edges due to the margins of your printer, try again and using the ‘scale to fit’ option.)

Happy printing!  I’d love to see any pics of your socks and wrappers 🙂

You can find me on Instagram here.

The finished socks need to go to Sarah at the address below before the 7th of December 2018:

Dr Sarah Holmes
Marie Curie Hospice Bradford
Maudsley Street
Bradford
BD3 9LE

UK

 

 

 

Charity collaboration news

Posted on: August 14th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

I used to work for a charity, and so am really aware that fundraising can be really, really hard.  It takes a lot to get people on board with a cause, and we are so often asked to give that we can just get fed up and burnt out.

So it’s been fascinating to have been involved with two big charity projects this year that have done some really magical things.

The #titsoutcollective ran throughout July, with creatives all over the world making and buying things inspired by the amazing Countess Ablaze.  She started it (accidentally) with a knitting yarn that the she created in response to an approach from a business to get lots of things for free in return for ‘exposure.’  She raised £3,000 for charity the sale of. that.  Then in July, she rallied 287 people to make were making things and donating a portion of their profits to their favourite charities.  You can find out more about it all at the Countess Ablaze website here. 

By the end of the month, a staggering £55,219 had been raised for those charities, including a whopping £8,000+ just for Mind through a raffle!  It was all a bit overwhelming to be honest.  The community buy-in and the way everyone was able to so quickly pull something together was inspiring.  And the Countess herself, with her huge community of Instagram followers, fans and her general all-round kick-ass presence meant that something huge came together almost instantly.  You can read about my contribution to the project here.

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THE DONATION TOTAL OF #TITSOUTCOLLECTIVE IN GREAT BRITISH POUNDS! 13 days to launch. 31 days to sell. 287 official participants. 22 countries. £55,219 donated to charities across the world in July 2018. €62,029 EURO $71,975 USD $93,520 CAD And for a laugh, if I was a Nigerian Prince in your inbox and this money was for me, I'd have a whopping ₦25,645,857 And you know what? That equates to approximately £350-£400k of products sold whilst the northern hemisphere has been basking in a heatwave. Never underestimate the power of people when they come together. So next year, yes? THANK YOU! _____________________ #countessablaze #titsoutcollective #ifiwantexposureillgetmytitsout #craftivism

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Meanwhile, the Flower Power Fund, a year-long project which was started by knitter Sarah Holmes in January with a goal of £1,000, has been smashing its target over and over again.  Also based in the knitting and crafts community, every month there are new goodies for sale that donate a portion of their proceeds to Marie Curie.  The engagement and supportive vibes that are involved in this project are so lovely, and I’ve made so many new friends.  It’s awesome!

By the end of June we’d raised £9,121.63 😀

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At the start of this year I came up with a #slightlybonkersidea that I hoped might raise some money for @mariecurieuk whilst also giving some yarny loveliness to all the wonderful people who helped with my #mariecuriesockquest last year. I hoped it might perhaps raise £1000 by the end of the year. I have just totted up the total raised until the start of this month, and it is a whopping £9121.63 – far more than I ever imagined!!! Every penny raised goes to @mariecurieuk who are working every day to support people living with terminal illness and their families. I am overwhelmed with your ongoing generosity and continuing support for the project so this post is here for me to say an enormous THANK YOU to everyone who has joined in and supported the #flowerpowerfund – you are all utterly WONDERFUL 😘😘😘👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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I keep thinking about both of these projects with my charity hat on and pondering exactly what it is that makes them so successful, and in a way it’s something that charities themselves would struggle to replicate because it starts at the community level.  Although Sarah works for Marie Curie, its not on the fundraising side and she’s managed to connect with a ready made big and quickly growing audience of enthusiastic and bought-in people.

I am absolutely LOVING working this way, and would love to here from you if you would like any help from me for your charity or fundraising projects, do say hello :

 

Lovely Lupins!

Posted on: July 11th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

Woah, this year feels like it’s going really fast!  We are just over half way through the wonderful Flower Power Fund project (which looks like it’s going to happen again next year) and there have already been 9 lovely flower-inspired yarns, created by talented independent yarn dyers from all over the UK.

It’s been a gorgeous way to practice my own take on botanical illustration as I’ve created matching prints for each month.  Here they are so far:

Flower Power Fund flowers by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

This month feels like a really special one, as it’s the turn of Jane from Hedgerow Yarns.  Jane and I have been friends for a long time and had some lovely adventures together, and it was doing her branding that lead me into the wonderful wooly world that I’m now part of!

Jane’s yarn is STUNNING.  Inspired by pretty country garden lupins, it’s just so subtle and beautiful.  You can find the Lupin yarn in her Etsy shop here, and my matching print here.

 

 

Ram Dass, spirituality and crochet

Posted on: April 12th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

ponderings banner by Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

 

…”she came up and she said “Thank you so much. That makes perfect sense. That’s just the way I understand the universe to be.”

 

And I said, “How do you know? I mean, what have you done in your life that has brought you into those kinds of experiences?”

 

She leaned forward very conspiratorially and she said, “I crochet.””

This is from one of my favourite pieces of writing by Ram Dass about a sweet little lady in a hat attending one of his lectures when everyone else was a young hippy with beads and flowers in their hair. She had reached spirituality through a completely different route; not psychedelics or prayer or traditional meditation, but crochet.

I Crochet Ram Dass illustration of a wise lady with stars in her eyes by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.co.uk

I really needed to draw her. She’s part of my #100dayschallenge for #bettermentalhealth, inspired by my new knitting and crochet friends. I’m just starting to learn to knit, and one of the reasons is how calming I’ve heard it is. This little lady has the wisdom of the stars in her eyes achieved by hours with yarn and a little hook…

You can find the Ram Dass article here.

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