There are a variety of ways to use a sketchbook. A sketchbook is as unique as the artist who creates it. I prefer to draw in my sketchbook.
1. As the start of my design process Ideas and objects which I draw often are more likely to become the subject of an embroidery. Sometimes I draw or write something down as a design idea but I generally prefer to a more exploratory approach to the start of the design process.
2. I like drawing I like drawing. In a sketchbook it doesn’t matter if it’s a doodle or something
3.To keep a record A sketchbook records changes in ideas, and techniques over time. I can already see improvements in my drawing technique in the books from the last year.
4. A sketchbook helps me cope with life I have an anxiety disorder. There are times when drawing in my sketchbook is a necessary distraction. It is concrete. The sense of achievement is satisfying. My sketchbook has become a security blanket. I used my sketchbook to process my reaction the 2013 saran attack in Syria.
5. A sketchbook increases how often I draw My current A5 sketchbook goes everywhere. I draw when I’m bored in the waiting room, at a cafe with my partner, and occasionally on the train
For further information I recommend:
An Illustrated Life: drawing inspiration from the private sketchbooks of artists, illustrators and designers by Danny Gregory. This shows books from numerous people proving that anyone can keep a sketchbook. I found it a touch repetitive towards the end but otherwise worthwhile.
Creating Sketchbooks for Embroiderers and Textile Artists by Kay Greenlees. This focuses more on the how once you have decided keep a sketchbook. It also has examples that move towards the book as an art object in its own right.