I added a picture of the way I have been wrapping & tying the end of
my hammock. (In the Ray Garlington folder).
On the fabric, you can see the line I used to shape the end. For the
whipping, I used a thin nylon cord and tied a series of very tight
overhand knots starting at the cut end of the fabric and moving
toward the center. To finish, the last overhand knot is a square
knot. Inside of this I tied a rope using a clove hitch with a 1/2
I haven't experienced slipping with this configuration. Perhaps
using a rope instead of webbing adds more grip to the hammock body.
The current hammock I'm working on is tied asymmetrically, and has
about 3" of whipping on each end (one end is hemmed and one end
isn't). The asym shape uses the catenary curve with a 3" sag. I'm
not sure yet if it is worth doing the asym thing, but I think it may
be easier to position the bottom insulation if you are only going to
lie in the hammock one way. The body of the hammock with the
support ropes weighs 14 oz (1 layer of fabric). I'm still working
on the 'ideal' shell -- not a fan of in-the-hammock pads.