1206New! Flyfisher's 4 Quarter Hammock (long)
- Apr 30, 2003Goals:
- more comfortable way to use pad as insulation
- readily available material
- no ridge cord
10 yards of 1" poly webbing
6 2/3 yards 48" polyester cloth (soft to the touch, ?? doubleknit)
(about 1.5 oz/yard)
3 1/3 yards of 48" polyester chiffon (wedding veil material)
- Lay the chiffon out and scribe/cut one edge so that it is a foot
less wide at the ends than in the middle of the long edge. Make the
cut a curve, a segment of a large circle, like the side of a kayak
seen from above.
- Cut the polyester hammock material into two pieces 3 1/3 yards long
- Cut the poly webbing into two equal lengths (15 feet)
- singe the long edge cut of the chiffon and the ends of all pieces
(a propane torch is the easy way to do this)
- make a sandwich with chiffon between two layers of polyester and
sew a long edge of the two polyester layers and the cut edge of the
chifon with a half inch seam allowance.
- At the end of the seam, there will be extra chiffon left over
(about 3-4 inches). Cut a strip from the end of the chiffon that
width and then re-singe the edge.
- turn the outside layers of the sandwitch back and stitch 2.5 feet
of each end of the long edge of those two layers, forming a pocket of
hammock material with a layer of chiffon coming out of the opposite
edge of the "hammock to be"
- make a Speer type overhand knot in both layers of the hammock
material, at each end. Incorporate no more of the chiffon in the
knot than is necessary along the one edge.
- sew 4 button holes an inch from the free edge of the chiffon. This
edge of the chiffon is still serged, like it came from the store.
Make the holes big enough to fit a quarter through the hole
- Sew a 1.5 inch hem with the button holes centered on one side of
the hem. Put a quarter through each button hole and sew across the
hem on each side of the quarter to make a small pocket, holding the
quarter. (The quarters are weights for the bug net made of chiffon,
they can be replaced with small smooth stones, but remember not to
put the stones into a telephone to call home.)
- wrap the last 6 inches of a poly web around the hammock material
near the overhand knot. Switch to a zig-zag stitch, 2mm wide and 1mm
in length and tripple sew across both thickneses of the strap about a
half inch from the hammock material. Repeat the zig zag stitch 2
inches further out.
You are left with a hammock with a double bottom layer and a bug net
which hangs closed without velcro. Your Target blue pad will fit
very nicely into the pocket of hammock material and you can add other
flat clothing if you like. The hammock is hung with Ed Speer's 4
wrap knot and if tensioned with about 5 pounds of force pulls the
chord of the circle segment which is the cut edge of the chiffon so
the bug net is tight over the hammock.
My cost for the prototype:
Webbing 10 yards at 0.79 (ouch!) $7.90
hammock material 6.6 yards at 1.97 13.00
chiffon 3.3 yards at 2.97 9.80
500 yards of polyester thread .50
Total time to build: about an hour
I slept in the prototype (minus the quarters) last night with my
quilt. It was comfortable and warm with the outside air temperature
about 50. It sure was nice not needing to worry with the pad all the
time. I usually turn over 5-8 times in a night and it was much
easier to do so without any trouble. When I got up in the middle of
the night to pee, it sure was handy not to have to open the velcro
and then work to close it again.
Let me express my indebtness to Ed Speer in this design. He wrote
the book that got me sewing hammocks. This design retains his poly
webbing support straps, and his overhand knot. New features include
a double bottom (partly in debt to Ray Garlington and partly to the
Crazy Creek hammock); a self closing bug net for which I got the
germinal idea when looking at a Crazy Creek hammock; a weight closing
system, modified to quarters from the water bottle system that
Chad "the one" was using on the AT in Hot Springs, and a bug net
suspension system of my own invention.
Now, go out and reproduce (hammocks)!
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