Prairie Sketches

Not long now until my Prairie fabric with Dashwood Studio is on the shelves and I just can’t wait!  In the meantime I thought you might like to find out more about how I came up with the actual designs.  I love looking in other designer’s sketchbooks so I thought it would be fun to share some images from my own sketchbook! Well I say sketchbook but I often tend to draw on large sheets of paper as I like the freedom and I have an A3 scanner so it’s easy for me to get them on my computer. The only problem I have is that my studio is full of sheets and sheets of paper full of sketches and drawings!  I need to find a nice way to collate them all like a ‘proper’ sketchbook but that’s probably another post!

So as promised, here are some of the initial drawings I did for the designs for Prairie.  I usually start off by sketching in pencil until I get most of my motifs drawn out and then I go over the pencil drawing with a fine liner pen.

Prairie Design Drawings 1 © Rebecca Stoner

I often love the black and white pen drawings as much as the finished designs.  You can hopefully see from these images just how much detail went into each motif.  I really wanted to give the impression of crochet and lacework.  When I was doing the drawings I wasn’t entirely sure how they would look once they were scanned in and coloured but I was really pleased with the results.  The drawings above and these next one’s are from the Crochet and Doilies designs in the collection.

Prairie Design Drawings 2 © Rebecca Stoner

The next few images are of the drawings I did for the Scattered Flowers design which has the soft blue background.  I love this design and I’m so pleased with how the drawings translated into the actual design.

Prairie Design Drawings 3 © Rebecca Stoner

Prairie Design Drawings 4 © Rebecca Stoner

I really hope you’ve enjoyed taking a peek inside my sketchbook and the drawings that went into developing the Prairie collection.  If you’d like to see more of my sketchbook you can have a look here.  What techniques do you use?  Do you use actual sketchbooks or do you tend to work on big sheets of paper like me? I’d love to hear about it!


  1. says

    Hello Rebecca, I really enjoy reading your post! Thanks for sharing it, great sketches!I usually draw in greaseproof paper, sorry I am not sure if in English is called like that!

    • Rebecca says

      Hi Julia, I’m so pleased you enjoyed reading the post and thanks very much for taking the time to write! Your English is brilliant and yes we do have the same word for greaseproof paper, or maybe it’s tracing paper? Do you then scan it in to the computer?

  2. says

    Loved looking at your sketches, really interesting to see.
    I love to doodle directly in illustrator using my wacom tablet these days, instead of my sketchbook. It’s just become a habit really.

    • Rebecca says

      Really pleased you enjoyed the post Lesley and thank you for your lovely comments as always :-) Interesting to hear you draw directly onto your tablet. I have one too but haven’t used it much at all yet. I keep meaning to experiment with it, so maybe I should give it a go!

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