Monday, May 17, 2010

things I need to stop saying, number 423

"Oh, no need to BUY a hammock, I can make one myself!"


Okay, I can, but geez, that was a lot of work. I have to remember that when my Dad died, not only did I lose him, I lost access to one of his companies - the one with the industrial sewing machines and cutting tables. I used to go there when I was making curtains and stuff and spread everything out, as well as use the machines with tons of space to the side and back - eliminating this:
This is my little home machine, with a 3 metre by 1.5 metre large hammock stuffed around it. I'm sewing a seam down the middle of the length here, trying to sandwich a polyester quilt batt between 2 layers of thick solar treated canvas. Poor machine! It handled the task, but man, it was hard. The seams aren't exactly straight, but really, it's a cottage outdoor hammock! Anyone who professes a problem with a wonky seam will be kindly told to get one's butt off the hammock. You diss the hammock, you lose all access. I already know the location - my husband and I did some scouting last time we were up, and we think we've got the perfect place - a view of the lake, some shade, and a nice breeze. I've already got the spreader bars ready - Small issue of the spreader bars being slightly wider than the actual hammock, but no biggie. We can cut that down. Those hanging lines will tie through some grommets:


We'll apply the grommets this weekend at the cottage, since I have no time left this week. Then it's just a matter of tying the spreader bars on, hanging it, and grabbing my book and a pillow! I hope the weather co-operates...

8 comments:

Lucky Canuck said...

We want to see pics of you lying in the hammock, beer in hand!

Anonymous said...

And you should treat yourself to an industrial strength sewing machine. Maybe Sue can help you embroider word on it...........

KnitTech said...

Yes, want to see finished pictures!

Anonymous said...

I hope the hammock-maker gets to be the first hammock-user!
Nancy

Acorn to Oak said...

That looks like it was a lot of work and, maybe, a bit of a wrestling match with all that fabric. I'm so impressed though that you made one instead of buying one. What a great idea!

Knitting Out Loud said...

Congratulations on the hammock!

katrynka said...

I am very impressed as well! Of course, depending on how it priced out, I might try something like that myself!! There are some things I will just buy, but others that are just TOO much $$ for how simple they are!

Carol said...

looks like the weather is cooperating!