Originally Posted by Just Jeff
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. ~Thomas Edison
Haha...so I had a stupid idea. I know...first time in the history of men. I wanted to shape a footbox, and I had this idea a long time ago but never made it, and I finally got around to it. Only it doesn't work.
I cut two V's out of the right side of the hammock body, then sewed the two sides of each V to itself, which shaped the hammock...it basically made more
room for where the feet lay than should be allowed by the amount of material on the long edge. That's what I wanted, and I think it worked.
The problem is that design makes the seams run parallel to the stretching force that basically runs down the ridgeline. So as soon as I laid in the hammock, I remembered this...it's the same principle I used on the insulated hammocks years ago. (I remembered b/c I could see thru
the seam as soon as I laid in the hammock...so I didn't stay in there very long!) I feel like an idiot for not remembering it this time!
Named in honor of Edison...I found another way that doesn't work, so for the record you can subtract one from infinity. I'll probably just cut off the shaped part and have a short hammock.
But I have another idea to create a shaped footbox that doesn't violate this principle...have to see how much weight it adds, though.
Here are a couple of pics with the diagram and dimensions.
Great start. Two things:
(1.) I made a hammock out of supplex, then cut the ends off at an angle, so it was a parallelogram rather than a rectangle. I added strings to replace the cut parts, but that's not the important part. The resulting hammock worked so well I wanted to make another one. To save fabric, I took a rectangle and cut the end at an angle (removing a triangle), and then sewed the triangle onto the other end with a flat fell seam. This gave me my parallelogram. The seam runs across the hammock at the foot end. Three years later, with lots of use, the hammock (and the seam) are in good shape. You can test your theorizing about shape if you eliminate extraneous variables, like material strength.
(2.) From your web site: "I also had to make sure that the left and right sides ended up the same length when it was time to whip the ends, so I didn't cut the body into the normal rectangle shape.
Are you sure that's necessary? Yes, if the left side is slack your feet will fall out of the hammock. Can you cut a zig-zag instead of a straight edge at the foot end? Better still (for experimenting) sew a channel into the left side seam (or part of it) and use an adjustable cord to tighten up that side. No darts needed. (Warning: this is highly conjectural.
Keep up the good work.