Originally Posted by Knotty
Magnets? Now I won't be able to pack my DOS floppy disks with my hammock anymore!
Intrigued by what you're doing but not quite understanding it from the description and photos. More info please.
I basically made two separate gathered end hammocks. The inner layer has my Whoopiesling suspension attached. The 2nd layer has no suspension, but has 1/8 shock cord running through the end channel. I wrap the shock cord around the Amsteel coming out of layer 1, and then slip both ends of the shock into a cord lock to keep the gathered end tight around the Amsteel. If needed, I can release the cord lock a little and the collar or donut if you will formed by the lower layer can even slip down around the end of the hammock itself if extra clearance is needed for insulation. (Ever seen natural childbirth?
)You could even pile a bunch of duff in there if in a pinch. My shock cord is as long as the lower layer is wide since I can stretch the ends back out and use it in poncho mode. The loose end of the shock gets tied through my Amsteel loop to keep the donut from freely sliding down slack during the night.
As you can see from the pics, the magnets I used are tiny but very strong. I sewed a magnet every 9 inches into the outer layer with 1" of side to side movement available, and centered those on the inner layer magnet pockets that have a 3" amount of play. Thus the outer layer can slide a few inches as needed for space and the edges stay together very well. If you get hot at night during warmer months, pull them apart and let the lower layer sag open for ventilation. I hope that helps explain it.