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1  Re: My Daredevil thread painting quilts in Quilting: Completed Projects by Darediva on: May 02, 2010 11:23:26 PM
Thanks for all the cool comments!  Here's another pic of a single panel I did to send to artist David Mack, who did the original art for this cover of Daredevil.  Sorry that the quality is poor; at the time I had a really early Sony Mavica digital camera, that used floppies!

I had not squared up the piece nor bound it off when I took this, and mailed it before I got another shot.  The vertical design element is machine stitching done over a 1/4" piece of bias tape.
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2  Re: My Daredevil thread painting quilts in Quilting: Completed Projects by Darediva on: May 02, 2010 04:03:07 AM
Showed this to the manflesh today and I learned that Matt is currently his favorite comic character. I wouldn't have no had I not brought this up.

Also the latest pics are as amazing as ever. It makes me really curious and want to read the next page Smiley

Okay, I have to find out what he thinks of the current story line. Anybody who wants to talk Daredevil comics with me, look me up on Twitter. I'm @Darediva there.

Here's another scene from the Tragedy panel, where Matt holds the tatters of his costume while kneeling in the ruins of his brownstone:

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3  Re: My Daredevil thread painting quilts in Quilting: Completed Projects by Darediva on: April 29, 2010 03:49:03 AM
Thanks!  Here are a few more bits from the panels.  First, from the Karl Kesel/Cary Nord run of Daredevil, a scene where Foggy walks into the office and finds Matt...in costume.

Portraits of Foggy and Matt, using art by Alex Maleev:

Some retro art from back in the days of Frank Miller:

Hopefully this might inspire someone to get out that darning foot and get after some free-motion quilting!  It's not just flowers and fuzzy kittens, you know!
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4  Re: My Daredevil thread painting quilts in Quilting: Completed Projects by Darediva on: April 25, 2010 03:14:07 PM
Thread painting is done by free-motion embroidery, which is moving the hooped fabric by hand under the moving needle.  I describe it as drawing on paper by holding the pencil in one spot, and moving the paper underneath.  Same concept.  The size and direction of your stitches are determined by the speed you move the fabric.

What's really fun is to use a variegated thread and work with it to shade an area.  This is what I did on this section of a panel, on the red hair and the hat and scarf.  This is Matt Murdock (Daredevil's real name) and his college roommate, Foggy Nelson.  In case you don't know, Matt Murdock is blind, thus the white cane, wrongly drawn in the comics many years ago with a crook.

I begin my work with a drawing on thin paper.  Using black Sulky thread, I sew in an outline, as shown below in the partially finished panel, then tear away the pattern.

I then fill in the image, using the comic book as my photo reference.  Here, Foggy Nelson wants to choke his law partner, Matt Murdock.

Variegated thread is also great for making men's suits:

I started this project in 2004 as a tribute to the previous 40 years of the Daredevil comic art.  I have 4 large panels and several smaller ones.  These are portions of the "Nelson and Murdock" panel that depicts Matt and Foggy at various times since they met at roommates in college through some stages of their law partnership.
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5  My Daredevil thread painting quilts in Quilting: Completed Projects by Darediva on: April 25, 2010 03:22:36 AM
This is one of the panels in a series of quilts I did as an homage to my favorite comic book hero, Daredevil.  Sulky thread on hand-dyed cotton fabrics dyed by my talented friend Cynthia Hebbard.  Hand beaded fringe added that I made from a vintage necklace that belonged to my high school English teacher.  The Swarovski crystal braille reads "integrity" and "justice".  From the comic book art of Joe Quesada, with his permission.  Quote from Daredevil writer and artist David Mack.  Approximately 24 inches square.

This is another piece, which features the art of Alex Maleev, and is a reproduction of the cover of Daredevil Issue #26, Volume 2.  A little bigger than the actual comic book.

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