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    DIY hammock shapes

    Has anyone tried making a hammock that was a little bit shorter in the middle than it is on the edges. Like a concave cat cut at the head and foot ends of the hammock. I was laying in bed thinking that maybe a hammock that had slightly less fabric in the middle might pick up my rear end a little bit. and having slightly more fabric along the sides might make it easier to get flat if you are laying diagonally. Not sure if that is making sense. If so ... has it been done?

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    I think that is how a Hennesey is made.

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    Yep. It doesn't really pickup the middle as much as tighten up the sides.
    You can play with the curve slightly to tighten or loosen the sides, but remember a little goes a long way.

    Edit: Sorry, I said that backwards. Having a shorter center makes the edges more floppy.
    Last edited by PapaSmurf; 08-28-2012 at 12:19.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PapaSmurf View Post
    Yep. It doesn't really pickup the middle as much as tighten up the sides.
    You can play with the curve slightly to tighten or loosen the sides, but remember a little goes a long way.
    Hmmm. I would have assumed that having less fabric on the center line of a hammock would make the center tighter, not the edges. It would be interesting to see diagrams of different patterns people have used to make hammocks and the results of each. I am not confident in my sewing enough YET to make one that supports my weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilemuse View Post
    Hmmm. I would have assumed that having less fabric on the center line of a hammock would make the center tighter, not the edges. It would be interesting to see diagrams of different patterns people have used to make hammocks and the results of each. I am not confident in my sewing enough YET to make one that supports my weight.
    Sorry, I said that backwards. Having a shorter center makes the edges more floppy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robblandon View Post
    I think that is how a Hennesey is made.
    Hennessy is a plain rectangle for the bed. It is the netting that establishes the asym nature.

    I tired the parallelogram design once but found it to be an utter failure. But in the interest of full disclosure it was my first attempt at a hammock and I hadn't a clue what I was doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PapaSmurf View Post
    Sorry, I said that backwards. Having a shorter center makes the edges more floppy.
    Oh ok. No problem. Thanks for the input. I guess one of these days I would like to try some different patterns. I don't currently have extra time and money to spend experimenting. Until then, I will have to stand on the shoulders of others and learn from their experience. Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    Hennessy is a plain rectangle for the bed. It is the netting that establishes the asym nature.

    I tired the parallelogram design once but found it to be an utter failure. But in the interest of full disclosure it was my first attempt at a hammock and I hadn't a clue what I was doing.
    So, is there any way you could show a drawing or picture of the shape you tried?

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    This is what I was thinking. Or some variation of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilemuse View Post
    This is what I was thinking. Or some variation of it.
    Forget about it! I tried that one and it nearly ejected me. It was like trying to stay on a bucking bronco for 8 seconds!

    I have found that an opposite curve at the foot end of the hammock helps with the dreaded calf ridge. Make the curve with only a 3" bulge in the middle, such that the center of the hammock is 3" longer than the edges.
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