I've wanted to make a gathered end hammock out of microfiber ever since TeeDee talked about how much he loved it for his bridge hammocks.
JerryW found some Polyester Microfiber Ripstop at Rockywoods Fabrics. It has a very nice, soft feel to it with one side slick and the other has some grip to it...very little or no stretch. So, I ordered 4 yds and made a single layer, gathered hammock.
Fabric ~ black, Microfiber Ripstop - 1.92 oz/yd - 132" (11') x 58" - 111" ridgeline (same proportions as a Blackbird) - gathered/whipped like a Blackbird also
Weight ~ 15 oz including whoopie slings, tree huggers and toggles
The extra length made a big difference...it lays very, very flat
very wind resistant...constant 10-15 mph wind today and couldn't feel it through the hammock body
I had to lengthen the suspension on my UQ to fit better, but overall, very impressed with the softness and flat lie. highly recommended
The only downside so far...STATIC! it was amazing how much static it built up testing outside. I'm guessing that should lessen as it is used more.
Jerry is making one that will rival the Great Wall of China and I'm sure he will chime it
know how to get rid of static?