Sorry for the fuzzy picture - I was stapling with one hand and shooting with the other. I used a heavier-duty stapler than I really needed, but it's all I had: it's really industrial strength for stapling sheetrock and I needed to use two hands. It's better to use a medium-weight one but these days they are made you-know-where and my last one broke. This one came from my father's store and was made in U.S.A many decades ago. It is all metal.If you use a medium-weight one, you can staple with one hand while you pull the mesh taut with the other hand. You really need to get it tight. The art stores sell a gizmo that will tighten the mesh but I find it easier to use my hand. Another fuzzy picture shows the stretched curtain that has been taped over the staples. Always tape the back of the frame.
Stunning, it is not. But I don't care -- it will do the job I need it to do. Anyway, who looks at the back of a screen? The screen police don't come to my classes or my studio.
While I used to recommend Dick Blick as the least expensive/best value source for screens, their prices have doubled - to my great shock and dismay. So, I've been on the Internet looking for other sources. Pocono Screens makes an excellent product - well finished..but heavy. If you want screens 20x24 and up, they are a good source. Victory is another source with a good reputation and good prices; I'm going to use them next time I order. Last night I was up late doing my screening/steaming routine and I went back into some I thought could use some more work. This one is unrecognizeable from what it was - and much more interesting. Thiox through a deconstructed screen and then layers of other screens. Ditto here: originally soy wax resist, then printed and discharged. Now I need to go back to packing and if I have time, I may print a few more scarves while I am in the mood.