PE - Re: [TENT - Need help hanging my walls]

Wendy Freeman/Otte wyllow at
Wed Feb 9 11:17:21 PST 2000

Better late than never!

A learning experience:
I NEVER wanted to experience another grommet failure again (image a 10 x 20 x
14 high tent, with 3 poles weighing 60lbs each  and 20 side poles coming down
because 5 grommets failed at the same time...)  So I planned a tent with no
grommet holes and only 2 lightweight poles.  King Rene's tent, again.

I used a thick rope around the edge of my tent, going through spaced loops of
cloth, and made a case for a rope on the tops of each of my walls & doors. 
Then it occurred to me that this would not allow any way for me to hook the
walls to the roof - so I seamripped a bunch of slots in the wall cases, so
loops of ropes could be pulled out.  I planned to loop the wall ropes around
the roop rope.  

It took 4 hours to get it up since I had to feed the ropes through all of
these casings, plus my slits did not match my roof spaces, causing bunching &
overlap. But it was nice & weatherproof.  Sigh...

So I cut pieces of rope the correct size for the wall & door pieces, preset
the loops, and used a THIRD rope to hook them together.  
Better - only two hours to hook the walls to the roof.  But the wind made the
walls shift, and the slits and casings still don't match.  However, the wind
puts very little stress on my tent - it stood up to the annual Lilies War
windstorm with barely a shrug.

So, I am considering a number of ways to handle this - from metal hooks to
readjusting the loops.  My only concern is that it must be done in a way that
would have been possible in the early Middle Ages.  So buttons are out for me.
 But the Society rule-of-thumb is if you can't tell the difference from 5 feet
away, it's period.

The moral of this story is: if something doesn't work, try something else. 
The tent will usually be sleepable in the interim, if not perfect.

--Lady Wyllow MacMuireadhaigh

"Samuel Walters" <agincrt at> wrote:
> Greetings all Gentles on this list!
> I am in the process of building my first pavillion (yay!) Basically an
> approximately 14 ft diameter round (read 10 sided) single pole tent.  I
> would appreciate some advice on how to hang my walls preferably without
> having to use a hoop or frame and hopefully without a rope either.  My
> current idea is to simply sew in a sturdy strip of fabric with button or
> toggle holes on the inside of the roof behind the dags and corrisponding
> toggles or buttons on the walls.  I'm hoping that this is a feasable idea
> and my dear Mumsy (read mother) with gazzillions of years of sewing behind
> her  (uh don't tell her i said that)  seems to think it is a workable
> design.
> Please let me know if you have any alternate suggestions or support for
> design (I'd really like to hear from people experienced in making period
> tents although I trust Mumsy, I don't wanna look the fool when I go to set
> up my new tent..ha ha)
> Thankyou all in advance for your generous and helpful responses.
> Yours in our Society,
> Rhys Goch ap Maelgwn
> MKA Sam Walters
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