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    Polyester Microfiber Ripstop

    I've wanted to make a gathered end hammock out of microfiber ever since TeeDee talked about how much he loved it for his bridge hammocks.
    JerryW found some Polyester Microfiber Ripstop at Rockywoods Fabrics. It has a very nice, soft feel to it with one side slick and the other has some grip to it...very little or no stretch. So, I ordered 4 yds and made a single layer, gathered hammock.
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    Fabric ~ black, Microfiber Ripstop - 1.92 oz/yd - 132" (11') x 58" - 111" ridgeline (same proportions as a Blackbird) - gathered/whipped like a Blackbird also
    Weight ~ 15 oz including whoopie slings, tree huggers and toggles

    The extra length made a big difference...it lays very, very flat
    very wind resistant...constant 10-15 mph wind today and couldn't feel it through the hammock body

    I had to lengthen the suspension on my UQ to fit better, but overall, very impressed with the softness and flat lie. highly recommended

    The only downside so far...STATIC! it was amazing how much static it built up testing outside. I'm guessing that should lessen as it is used more.

    Jerry is making one that will rival the Great Wall of China and I'm sure he will chime it

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    know how to get rid of static?

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    Nice job, and funny pics...made me chuckle.
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    Is the black all they have? I didnt see any color choices listed

    Looks good.
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    Looks good ac! I have to give credit to TeeDee. He's the one that pointed me to this fabric.

    I like the static pics!

    Hopefully I'll get some pics of mine tomorrow. Double layer(same polyester plus 1.1 ripstop), full zip bugnet, enclosed ends. Similar to my first hammock, but 132" long and better attention to detail when sewing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by opie View Post
    Is the black all they have? I didnt see any color choices listed

    Looks good.
    no options that I saw either....
    of course, I'm kinda partial to black so I didn't mind
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryW View Post
    Looks good ac! I have to give credit to TeeDee. He's the one that pointed me to this fabric.

    I like the static pics!

    Hopefully I'll get some pics of mine tomorrow. Double layer(same polyester plus 1.1 ripstop), full zip bugnet, enclosed ends. Similar to my first hammock, but 132" long and better attention to detail when sewing.


    Jerry
    just a lil static!
    look forward to yours tomorrow...this stuff is a great alternative to nylon
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    Quote Originally Posted by animalcontrol View Post
    Fabric ~ black, Microfiber Ripstop - 1.92 oz/yd - 132" (11') x 58" - 111" ridgeline (same proportions as a Blackbird)
    Isn't this a foot longer than the blackbird?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chezrad View Post
    Isn't this a foot longer than the blackbird?
    yea
    by proportions, I meant the length of the ridgeline vs the overall hammock length
    Blackbird is 120" long with a 101" ridgeline
    this one is 132" long with a 111" ridgeline...same proportion
    sorry for the confusion
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    Very Nice Job AC...
    I Like Black Too.
    Always wondered why it wasn't a color choice for the WBBB...
    There is antistatic spray for monitors and clothes, wonder if it would work for a hammock?
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    Quote Originally Posted by soundmanob View Post
    Very Nice Job AC...
    I Like Black Too.
    Always wondered why it wasn't a color choice for the WBBB...
    There is antistatic spray for monitors and clothes, wonder if it would work for a hammock?
    there actually were black Blackbirds early on...only in the 1.1 material though
    I will look into the spray...thanks for the tip
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