I'm very excited to let you all know that I've made my very first hammock! I don't have pics yet but I'm also just testing this forum thing out as well. I'm a scoutmaster and have wanted to make my own hammock ever since one of my assistant SM's told me he made his when he was fifteen and in scouts. I've been researching DIY hammocks for a couple of weeks and have finally come up with the material. I'll post pics when I get them. It's a hammock with W whippings on the end. Sorry no pics now but they are soon to come, thanks.
I made it with ripstop Nylon, 1" black webbing, Carabiner, and cording.
Some info about my hammock:
'W' gathering with whippings.
Suspension: Tree Huggers (DIY of course), Biners, Rope.
Here are just some pics of my new toy:
I followed the ThruHiker pattern except for the buttonhole because it just didn't work for me. The first time I made one it was too small. The one pictured below is an 8"x5" sack with draw string enclosure at the top. I wanted to put a strap on the bottom for easy pull out, but I forgot (I guess I was just so frustrated and excited all at the same time) but I don't think it needs it. It pulls out of the sack very easily.
Just me hanging in my new toy. Ahh it's great to finally fell what all of you feel about hammock camping. See the sweet whipping job. At first I was afraid of trying it but it was sure easy.
Foot shot. I love it! You can barely see on the left edge that I put in two grossgrain loops right into the hem. Looks professional if you ask me, but I'm kinda partial.
Another shot with me in it. You can see a closer look at the whipping.
Here's the top of the stuff sack; another thing I was afraid of doing, maybe because I didn't understand it. I didn't put in a buttonhole because it just didn't work, so I ended up just making a slit in the tube for the cord. I later found out I could have done the 45 degree fold then hem to reinforce the edge so it won't fray. I'll do that on my next one.
Here's a pic of the bottom. See the sweet 'H' pattern. This is a beauty!
It stands up nice.
Here you can see the size next to my water bottle.
I want to thank all ya'll who have taken the time to give such a great source to help us hammock 'virgins'. I'm glad to say I'm no longer one. I can't wait to start on my cat fly.