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    New Member Sharlyngalz's Avatar
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    First DIY : 2 hammocks, 2 UQ, 1TQ

    Hi all !

    This is my first attempt on this great forum.

    First of all, I would like to apologize for my poor english writing and understanding.
    I am French, and, as some know, it's not a great deal in foreign languages

    This is said, now let's talk about serious things.

    I was wandering in this really nice forum for about a month or two and the idea of making my own hammock grew in my head to the point I really had to do it.
    And then I did it.

    You really must know, fellow people from across the Atlantic, the chance you have to find ripstop nylon and so on in shops like Walmart.
    Finding good outdoor fabric is quite difficult, here !
    Not to mention prohibitive customs fees while buying online in US shops.
    Well, UK is well provided but currency exchange rate makes everything more expensive.

    First, I ordered in a German online shop 3m (3.2808yards) of this to make my first hammock.
    Yes, I know, it's really yellow ... let's say it's a new kind of "sun camo".
    mosquito net is made of organza.
    I made my tree huggers with this and first used that kind of rope for both structural ridgeline and hanging ... My bruised butt can tell you that it wasn't enough !
    I still use 2mm for ridgeline but 3mm x 2 for suspension.

    I made my first hammock with this material on the basis of headchange4u's HH clone tutorial.
    Thank you headchange for your great tutorial !

    As I wanted it as light as possible, I sewn the mosquito net on the hammock (no zippers).
    I really loved the HH bottom entry and decided to have one on mine.

    I also made a top quilt from pertex quantum from extremtextil (looks like they don't have it anymore) and an Ikea down pillow.
    As I only used half of the down from the pillow, I managed to make a 1.5m by 1.5m square UQ from this fabric.

    Here are some pics of the finished products :

    The top quilt :


    View of the back (it was sewn up to higher than my knees, it was too much so I unsewn a bit) :


    This is before adding bug net and bottom entry :


    Added two snake skins made of quantum :


    Into the (quasi)wild with down UQ :




    View of inside :



    As I don't want to hang alone in the dark, I managed to make a second one for a good friend of mine from parachute ripstop nylon I found on ebay ... way too wide, in fact !
    As I didn't had anymore down, I made a cheap UQ from a 9.9€ (about 12.60$) synthetic sleeping bag from Decathlon (european cheap sport stuff seller).

    Here's the result :








    Well, I think this post is long enough and it's time to end it !
    I hope you enjoyed (at least I did ) !

    thanks again to everyone who gave useful tips and information by this forum ... without it I doubt I could be able to do it by myself.

    Sam
    Last edited by Sharlyngalz; 08-31-2010 at 01:51.

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    Senior Member Lonely Raven's Avatar
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    Great work! The bright colors are fun, and your work looks very functional!

    Now if I can only get my Fiance's sewing machine working, maybe I can get cracking on my projects...

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    Well Done!!!

    ...and your English is just as good if not better than many native speakers!

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    Excellent work!
    I shall mention that there is a fad over here for hanging banners outside your home for various holidays, or to celebrate your sports team or whatever you like, so if ripstop is not familiar to your fabric store try asking for flag making nylon or kite making material; (yet another creative project!)
    this might get you something light and strong, more than enough for more hammocks or possibly tarps; if you find some that is wind and water proof.
    have a good time out in the woods, I find getting down out of the hammock in the morning is much less painful than getting up off the ground.
    and welcome to our happy group! KM

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    That's a great first post, and some serious first projects! Welcome to the forum!
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    Wonderful work, and pics. I actually like the yellow. Welcome, and you fit right in this hammocking family.


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    Yellow is great if you bring a flask and imbibe some liquid brain fuzzy at night. I plan to make one out of bright orange with orange whoopies, and orange straps. I like orange.

    Plus if you ever get lost bright colors make it easier for air support to find you.
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    DIY is addicting and fulfilling!
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    Like the others have said: that is great work and one heck of an introduction to the forum. I like the yellow, that will make it real hard to lose your camp site in the woods!!!! Also, you are a great friend to make all that gear for your friend.......can we be friends too?????????
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    Congrats on some fantastic first projects and a great first post!

    I like the yellow.

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    Whooooo Buddy!

    très agréable....... grand travail!

    Shug
    Whoooo Buddy)))) I Love Onions, Grits, Greens, Livermush, NC Style BBQ, Potted Meat, Anchovies, 'Naner Puddin", Peanut Butter Pie, Red Velvet Cake and Cocoa and Straaaaaawwwwberrrry Milk and Coffee Crisps....
    I Hope Heaven has a Bakery!!!!



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