Quilters work with fabric every day, but some go a step further, creating their own fabric. At the year’s first meeting of Coastal Quilters, quilt artist and fabric surface designer Jim Vander Noot will provide a detailed introduction to ice dyeing, a popular surface technique that yields unusual designs using Procion MX dyes with ice and snow.

On Saturday morning, Jan. 13, Vander Noot will present a slideshow overview of the ice dyeing process, taking attendees through the options step by step. He will show several ways to manipulate fabric to achieve patterning, illustrating the results with a variety of samples. Vander Noot also will bring several of his unique ice-dyed fabrics and shirts from his Etsy shop, Tidewater Studio, available for sale.

The program, free and open to all, will begin 10 a.m. at Camden Lions Den, Lions Lane off Knowlton Street. Everyone is invited to discover the possibilities of working with dyes; and to get answers to their questions about supplies, techniques and other resources.

Vander Noot has had a lifelong passion for fiber arts. He learned traditional quilt making while living in Houston in the late 1980s and was quickly hooked. Always one to experiment, he has explored a broad range of quilting techniques. Favoring graphic shapes and bold colors, he creates quilts that range from humorous, cartoon-like works to abstract compositions and scenes inspired by the Maine coast.

Recently, Vander Noot’s focus has been on fused appliqué accented by dense quilting and thread painting, as well as whole-cloth quilts from dyed and painted fabrics. His quilts have been exhibited widely including at International Quilt Festival Houston and International Quilt Festival of Ireland. He and his family live in St. George and in West Chester, Pa.

Coastal Quilters, a chapter of the statewide Pine Tree Quilters Guild, meets the second Saturday of the month in the Camden Lions Den. Its purpose is educational and anyone interested in quilting, at any level, is most welcome. Current members represent every type of quilter, from traditional to modern and art quilters. For more information, visit coastalquiltersmaine1.wordpress.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.