Hey Cannibal, sorry for hijacking this thread for a little banter with Hooch.
I resonated with all your experiences. My bridge hammock was my first DIY project, and it was a thrill when (a) I got in, and the seams didn't tear, and (b) I finally I got the thing to hang flat.
I'm hooked. I'm keen on getting my sewing skills good enough to assemble stuff sacks, particularly compression sacks. I have a container fetish, I can't get enough packs or bags. Many's the time I've wished "If only this bag would have a strap here.
I'll have try my hand at a Speer style hammock one of these days. I want to understand this chatter about whipping and pulling edges and the impact that has on the lay. Only one real way to do that....
Hijack away; Hooch could use some old fashioned drillin. Then again, so could I so I'm going to shut-up.
I'm bettin that if you can get the bridge hammock done, then your sewing skills will make small work of the stuff sacks and the like. They are really easy. I don't know why I get so stressed over the long hem lines; oh wait a minute, that's right A.D.D.!
When you start whipping, you'll start playing with it (the whipping!) until you get it right. I honestly thought "Who cares, how much impact will that have?!" and I could not have been more wrong. Just amazing how one fold somewhere you can't even see can have such a dramatic effect. That's the other thing I like about the wire ties, makes it really easy to take apart and try another method. Although I suspect those will start to wear the fabric if I change them out too many times. But, might as well do my experimenting early. That was the whole point of Cannibal Alpha; now I just have to relearn the rest of that alphabet.
Grizz the myopic
I discovered (without any math) that I really like pins. I used them for the first long hem. Once I had the confidence that I could do it, I started spacing the pins further apart. On word of advice, get the pins with the BIG heads.
I'd look at the 2" for about 2 seconds before I look down to see how much I have left! What I lack in patience, I make up for in determination (some call it being stubborn ).
I went to Oklahoma, they handled the tide, and now I live in Arkansas, and yep, they handled the tide last year too. hahahaha, At least bama has a nice stadium.
Psalm 19:1-3 "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard."
Great looking hammock, Cannibal! Makes you feel kinda giddy the first time you lay in your handiwork, no? And then the planning starts...I'll need this for my next one, and one of those, and maybe a bug net, a matching compression sack and underquilt...
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