Listen to the road

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Recycled picture frames

I sent a fabric piece to a friend and heard back from them that the prices at frame stores

have gone up a lot. I'm posting a tutorial about reusing thrift store/flea market

frames. First photo is of a frame from Habitat for Humanity. 


              I removed the framed 'sandwich", cleaned the glass on both sides, sandwiched

the clean glass, mat board and fabric piece after hinging the fabric art to the middle layer

of the sandwich. 

The fabric art was hinged onto the fabric covered

back mat board. If the art is valuable, I would hinge it with archival linen tape.

In this case I just used regular clear tape. To make a hinge, take two pieces of tape with the

sticky sides facing each other.  

                                       So, the horizontal arms of the hinge stick to

                the backing fabric and the vertical arm sticks to the back of the fabric art. 

This second photo may make it clearer. The printed sides of the index card face out.

I invested in a flex master (model 07-700) about 20 years ago It's paid for itself many times.

When I sell my work I glue a dust cover on the back, then attach the hanging hardware.

                                      Good luck and I hope this saves you money!

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Sewing Circle


This old photo of reminds me of my friends who hand sew. You can tell they're
sharp and good hearted. No one's fools. This satisfies the kindred spirit I feel with
all folks who appreciate and practice sewing skills. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Green Man 1


It's finished. I'll send it today to my friend. Before I put the bird  on his shoulder it was kind of 

depressing. Now it can fly. Editing is kind of beyond me, so please, excuse the  awkward presentation.

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Green Man



                                                    Green Man is a joint effort  with

an old friend (from 1988). I'm using this friend's photos to make a companion piece for

                                                              Open Eyes (below) sideways



                                                                    I haven't been able to make new work

since my DBS surgery  2 years ago so am hoping this will break the spell. 

So far I'm  pleased with how our ideas are linking up. A new printing program and loss of

my editing in the PC are not so managable but I'm slogging through.


Monday, May 16, 2022

Sewing again-Wolf and cubs

                                      This very cat like wolf in an illustration of a pebble mosaic of   


  • a Roman myth caught my attention. The wolf reminds me of two people in a Horse Suit.
  • Seems like the front person has a more jaunty attitude than the
  • back person? It cracks me up and I wonder if the person who made the
  • mosaic also got a chuckle.  I love the pointy teeth, manic smile
  • and crossed front legs. She could be getting ready to make an appearance
  • on a vaudeville stage. So happy to sew again!

    • oo

    Friday, January 28, 2022

    Brokem finger on (of course) my right hand

     I'm not posting a photo because you really don't want to see this finger. When the ortho surgeon

    walked in the room he said 'oh no' after seeing the x-ray. Life is not the same. So, until after 

    surgery and healing no sewing. Baa!

    Tuesday, November 30, 2021

    Kawanabe Kyosai

    Kyosai is the artist who made the woodblock in my last post (1831 - 1889).

    There's another print of the tiger being captured 'live' by a Norwegian.