I recently made my first DIY gathered-end hammock, and am very excited. However I'm having some trouble with the lay of the hammock seeming quite asymmetric, which based on my (beginner) opinion is related to the whipping.
Some background: It was constructed using 1.0oz/yd2 calendared ripstop, with dimensions of 53" x 116". There's currently an adjustable ridgeline on there (thanks Dutch!). I will soon be adding a stretch footbox mod, and ridgeline organizer. I used the Warbonnet whipping style for this project, because it seemed simple, and I had an example handy in my Blackbird.
The Problem: The hammock seemed comfortable at first, when I was laying with my head on the left and feet on the right side (what I'm accustomed to from my BB). But when I tried to switch diagonals, the hammock was not nearly as comfortable. It felt like the fabric was not evenly distributed on either side, and the left-lay had much more slack available in the fabric than the right-lay. In When laying on the right, the fabric on my left side seemed to pull very tight and rise very high compared to the seemingly-normal left-lay.
Thinking that it might be a mental trick because I'm not used to one side, I adjusted the loose fabric to experiment, and switched my head end to compare. It definitely seemed as if the fabric on one side pulled out further than an equivalent point on the opposite side. In my opinion, this could only be caused by the whipping not being done evenly, but it didn't seem like there was much to screw up when I did that Warbonnet style.
Happy to share photos, but won't be able to take and post until tomorrow.
I also now remember, that lengthening the ridgeline slightly (I had not been exact with an 83% measurement initially) seemed to help somewhat.
Any advice for me, friends?