We do not have enough restful experiences in our lives such as relaxing on a fine summer afternoon or a chilly cozy evening.
While the warm rays from the sky bakes our soul deep, we could enjoy the leisure in the cradling arms of a fine hammock. These perfect swinging lounges could be quite expensive but if you can devote a day to netting your own hammock then you could end up with a cheap netted slumber nest in your garden or terrace all on your own.
Wondering how to make a hammock on your own? Read through.
Materials needed to make a Hammock:
You need only simple materials to lounge outdoors in a comfortable hammock. You might have wondered how to make a hammock cheaply and efficiently. To do so, the following equipment is needed
• To make a hammock for one person in your terrace, use about two pounds of twine. For a two person sling, three pound of twine is needed.
• Two metal rings (size No 44 and 45) which are of 2-3 inches in diameter are needed. It is important to choose rings made of brass or welded steel to fix on to the Diy hammock stand firmly
• Support bars made of hardwood that measure ten inches long, 2×6 inches long wooded bar on either sides to mount metal rings and cross bars of 4” length that starts after 21/2” at either sides. 4×2” support bars are needed to support the base of the hammock
• Fasten the base of the hammock securely to the ground with the help of two screws at both ends. The best way is to choose a readymade DIY hammock stand that is built with perfect dimensions
• Netting shuttle. This is available as a readymade option in stores. Alternatively, you could weave your own netting shuttle
• Smooth gauge stick that is between 1-12 inches in diameter
Find a comfortable spot on the 6” length bar to place the handy hook and knob placed at the center of the DIY hammock stand to hang the shuttle and start swinging!
Casting the Hammock:
To cast your own swing, cut a three foot length of twine and tie its ends together through a square knot. This is known as the starter loop. Hang this loop from the knob or the nail and start winding the netting shuttle full. For easy twining, tie the free end of the cord at the starter loop by making use of an overhand knot. Take the gauge stick on the left hand and place it behind the shuttle cord against the starter loop. Draw the shuttle up, back of the stick pass it through the loop and bring it down in front of the stick. Make the loop tight by pulling the twine taut and always pinch the twine against the stick with the left thumb to ensure that it stays in place.
The next step is to raise the shuttle again, in front of the stock and make a half hitch around two strands of the starter loop. Pull the twine down in front of the gauge stick, letting the left thumb go and tightening as you do so. This completes the first cast-on stitch of the hammock. Continue the process by bringing the shuttle up and around the back of the stock, passing it on through the starter loop and then go on…
This procedure has to be followed until 20 snugs with even loops have been made around the gauge stick for a single person and if you want to learn how to make a hammock for two people then 30 snugs are needed.
While sewing the hammock, ensure that half hitches are made in the same direction every time so that the over strand is taken from the same side every time. This also makes certain that everything lies smoothly and you can enjoy your leisure time comfortably relaxing in your hammock.