Just a word to say "Hi" and "thanks for sharing with a novice." I have followed this forum and other avenues in learning about hammocks. I just put together my first DIY hammock - I followed a tip on using tablecloths. I can say it works. With my size - 260+ - I purchased two. Since I don't have a sewing machine, I contracted with a seamstress locally to zip around the edges. My insulation/cover will be a recycled sleeping bag. I had the tarp for several years. Yes I am up in the stratosphere with the weight, perhaps but when one is a semi-disabled nut like me I have to economize. Now I just have to find the time to socialize with the fellow hangers.