Yeah I think I was a little bit manic and overconfident when I decided this to be my first DIY sewing project. To be honest I would never conceive of doing something like this if it weren't for the very impressive projects that I have seen on this forum.
I actually used the instructions posted by Blackgoat, who also kindly gave me the dimensions for the shelf and the footbox. Knotty helped me understand a gathered end hammock. There is a lot of guesswork involved, and detailed analysis of pictures of the bird on warbonnet's website and the net. I am quite lucky it turned as I wanted but I wasn't sure it would until I slung it up and tried it. Luckily for me there is some margin for error in this project (the grosgrain ribbon hides a lot
except the bugnet, which can affect the final appearance a lot.
There are loads of members who also inspired me, Blackbishop351, 2QZQ, Opie, Shug and GrizzlyAdams to name a few. I guess the reason you get first posts with complete set ups is because there is such a wealth of info to be found here, I haven't seen anything like it on other forums. My cycling buddy who is so proud of his terra nova will be jealous as hell, so really a big big thank you to fellow members of this forum who have helped me get my feet (and butt) off the ground.
Now a more pressing question. How does one encourage a wife to go hammock camping?