Hey guys, firstly I want to express my appreciation for all the guides and countless helpful threads that have made it so easy for a beginner like me to make my first gathered end hammock.

I'm currently working on my first 8x10 rectangle tarp and had some thoughts while making reinforcements for the tie/guy-outs. I've gone through quite a few tarp making guides and haven't seen one that mentions the importance of making reinforcements that correlate to fabric bias and stress resulting from the tie-outs (or maybe I just haven't read enough!)

Now I saw that Spock made reference to what he called "outboard reinforcement" in this thread: http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...98&postcount=4, which is exactly what I'm referring to, but I just wanted to know if this is just common sense (i.e. everybody takes fabric bias into consideration) or whether it is that important at all.

Perhaps this is something important to note when making triangle reinforcements by cutting squares in half as well?

For more info on fabric grain/bias, check out this page: http://sewing.about.com/od/beginner1/p/fabricgrain.htm

Thoughts? Experiences?