"Awesome" and "easy". That's what I like to hear!
I just made a gathered end hammock yesterday and tested it today. Success! My seams were pretty darn sloppy in places, but hey, it's a first effort. Also, the box stitches I put in the webbing held up too!
I didn't used the channel end design for mine. I got my instructions from just jeffs and folded it in half, squeezed it together and pulled the ends a little further before whipping. I used it for awhole but just rewhipped it. This time I just bundled it all. The first method made the edges real taught and closed over me. Haven't tried the new way yet due to rain but it looks looser.
It's not unusual for me to whip and re-whip a new hammock a dozen times or more to get the lay just right.
How the ends are folded/gathered doesn't make near as much difference as how the corners are pulled.
I didn't think I pulled the corners much but maybe I did at both ends making it super tight. The rain paused and I got in it...scary! Now its kinda loose I'm scared to fall out lol.
On the wide hammocks I have made, when laying on the diagonal, I often find that my head "rolls off the edge" of the fabric held taught by body weight, into a pocket of the remaining fabric toward the edge. Careful "tuning" by pulling a corner cures this and allows for an increased diagonal lay.
Maybe it's just the dynamics of my body shape on the width hammocks I make, but that's the way it works for me.
Just wanted to throw out a quick thanks to Knotty for this instructional. Simple, clear instructions that helped me through my first 3 DIY hammocks.
have never made myself a hammock before and started looking at this thread this morning
had 10 yard of 1.9oz black ripstop sitting around and thought i should maybe try making one
an hour and a half later not only had i made one but two, got the ridgelines done too, just gotta whip up a couple sets of whoopies and it a done deal
don't know why i thought making a simple hammock would be harder than it really is......there's absolutely nothing to it, if i had more fabric i probably would of made a few more
Last edited by Boothill; 02-29-2012 at 14:42.
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