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    My first (mini) Hammock

    With inspiration from TUH (The Ultimate Hang) and a little help from my lovely wife, I decided to try my luck at a gathered end hammock. I didn't want to go full scale with it on the very likely chance that I would mess it up. SO i started with a 3' x 5' piece of 1.9 rip stop. I trimmed off the uneven edges from the fabric store. Folded about 1/2" on each side over and pinned to to make a fray proof (hopefully) edge.

    Had my wife sew it up... i've never used a thread injector, didn't wanna ruin hers on my first attempt.





    Once the long edges were hemmed, I pinned the ends folded over at four inches...



    My son was very interested in helping. I think he knew that this hammock was his sized...



    I tied two 18" pieces of 3mm rope together using square knots. I know a double fisherman's knot is recommended, but these aren't going to be supporting much weight. (And i don't know how to tie a double fisherman's yet)



    Then, I fished the 18" loops through the 4" gaps my wife sewed and tied them off with a Lark's Head knot. cinched it down and viola! gathered end hammock fit for a toddler!





    It's a bit small for him, so we will be stringing it up in his room and using it for his stuffed animals. I can't wait to make one for myself!!!

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    Nice work. When will the full size one make it's appearance?

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    Very Nice

    Very nice. That's a great looking sewing machine and a bonus having someone who knows how to use it as well. I'm jealous big time. I had to wait for someone to die to will me a machine & watched a ton of Youtube videos to learn how to thread the thing.

    Here's a link to how to make the Double fishermans. However, it won't be long before you're making whoopie slings and all the other doodads in the DIY section.

    http://www.animatedknots.com/doublefishermans/index.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcho View Post
    Nice work. When will the full size one make it's appearance?
    My wife is insisting we make her one first, but we'll see.

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    New Member grantizzle's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by OneThing View Post
    Very nice. That's a great looking sewing machine and a bonus having someone who knows how to use it as well. I'm jealous big time. I had to wait for someone to die to will me a machine & watched a ton of Youtube videos to learn how to thread the thing.

    Here's a link to how to make the Double fishermans. However, it won't be long before you're making whoopie slings and all the other doodads in the DIY section.

    http://www.animatedknots.com/doublefishermans/index.php
    I tired the animated knots site last night. with such a short length of skinny rope, i had a rough time getting it done and the final product looked like something my dog would leave in a tightly coiled pile in the back yard, so i scrapped it. I'm going to be practicing with some thicker and longer rope.

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    Nice work. You'll want the Double Fisherman's Bend when you use it for a hammock chair.

    Edit....I was way too slow on this post.

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    Very good and perfect for the little guy! That's a great way to start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grantizzle View Post
    My wife is insisting we make her one first, but we'll see.
    When you both share the same interests, future purchases get fast-tracked for approval. It's easier to live in harmony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcho View Post
    When you both share the same interests, future purchases get fast-tracked for approval. It's easier to live in harmony.
    the purchase isn't the issue. it's taking the time to sit down and make one together. with the holidays upon us, this is the last weekend we don't have something on the calendar until the second weekend in feb.

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