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    Senior Member Pipsissewa's Avatar
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    Snake skins from pantyhose/tights

    Some folks wanted to see my snake skins made from a pair of FOREST GREEN TIGHTS I bought at a rummage sale, brand new for 50 cents. Here's a picture of the snake skins on my GuideGear 12x12 tarp with a 12-foot ridgeline:

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    Some folks wonder if there is an advantage to using pantyhose or tights vs. fabric to make snake skins. Here's how the snake skins from tights measure up:

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    1.7 ounces for the pair--the cordage to tie the two halves together is longer than on my organza set.

    Here's the low down on another set of snake skins I sewed from 100% polyester organza:

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    1.9 ounces for the pair

    Granted, 2/10ths of an ounce is not a lot. But the snake skins from tights are less bulky and help compress the tarp. Plus, they are easier to pull over the tarp because they are so darn stretchy. And I can't think of a better use for forest green tights!!!

    Snake skins--basically--are a pair of tapered tubes. Pantyhose or tights ARE a pair of tapered tubes. But, of course, there's nothing wrong with sewing a pair of tapered tubes from fabric either.

    Bottom line, both pantyhose/tights snake skins and organza snake skins are very light-weight and make stowing a tarp neatly and quickly very easy.
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    but enough about me hppyfngy's Avatar
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    Does the tarp still dry out adequately in the tights?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brute1100 View Post
    Does the tarp still dry out adequately in the tights?
    I was thinking the same thing - part of the reason we used mosquito netting for ours was to allow the tarp to dry out at least somewhat. If these dry well (I could see them wicking water fairly well), it might be a good alternative.

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    Senior Member Pipsissewa's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brute1100 View Post
    Does the tarp still dry out adequately in the tights?
    For sure, in that regard, tights do as well as mosquito netting. I'm not convinced any tarp can dry out very well when it's rolled up--even if it weren't in ANY skins at all!
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    in it for the naps oldgringo's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pipsissewa View Post
    For sure, in that regard, tights do as well as mosquito netting. I'm not convinced any tarp can dry out very well when it's rolled up--even if it weren't in ANY skins at all!
    I agree. The best you can hope for is containment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hppyfngy View Post
    Plus if you feel the urge to frolic...
    slap my knee funny!

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    Senior Member Pipsissewa's Avatar
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    L.D. Cakes:

    Did you ever get a chance to make some skins from tights? Or too busy enjoying the summer weather outside?
    "Pips"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pipsissewa View Post
    Did you ever get a chance to make some skins from tights? Or too busy enjoying the summer weather outside?
    Ha! You know me well...I've been trippin everywhere...no time for inside stuff. I love summer!

    Hey, Are you gonna make the Hot Springs Hang? Would love to meet you and check those skins out in person!
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