Amelia Poole, a fiber artist who uses traditional indigo dye and dyes from locally sourced plants to create extraordinary color, pattern and texture on natural fibers, will give a talk and PowerPoint presentation about both Japanese shibori dyeing and eco-printing Saturday, April 14, at the Coastal Quilters meeting at the Camden Lions Den, Lions Lane off Knowlton Street.

Poole also will bring samples of her work to pass around and have a small trunk show afterwards. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. and is free and open to all.

Poole has used traditional shibori techniques and images to create modern works of art since she was 18 years old. Her larger pieces now can take up to 400 hours to complete. For her eco-printed work, Poole uses only dye from plants she has gathered or grown herself. She has developed a mordanting (fabric treatment) method that creates extremely accurate, lightfast and washable images on many types of cloth … and she said has no secrets about her processes and is happy to share.

Poole was raised by scientists, and she brings her love of fibers and textiles, botany, chemistry and history to her teaching and art. She received an MFA in Woven Textile Design and Construction from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom. Her work, as well as the work of other artists, is available at her shop/studio, Ecouture Textiles, in Brooksville. She also shows her work at fine craft shows throughout New England.

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

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