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I am making a ghillie and am currently putting all of my jute onto my netting. I also want to add burlap strips into the mix because it will cover up more space and look a little more natural in leafy environments, even with veggies.

I have been destringing my burlap into jute, but how do you make burlap strips? Do you use some sort of spray glue so the strips don't fall apart and dye it like that?
 

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I'm specifically trying not to fray the burlap to make it look more leafy.
 

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Then it will come undone and I will be leaving a trail of burlap that was not tied on and was just weaved in with the rest. I want to keep the burlap strips as they are so they look sort of leafy and not completely grassy.
 

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Oh, you don't understand what I mean by "burlap strips." I'm talking about getting the burlap cloth, getting foot long pieces about one inch wide, and tying those on without destringing. I have already put on a bunch of destrung burlap.
 

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Depending on where you buy your burlap, you may notice that certain burlap strips are much "looser" than others. I can only use burlap strips when using the one kind of burlap, but if I tried it with the loose burlap strips, it will just come undone.

It varies time to time when I buy in store.
 

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Actually, if you just tie it on and forget about it, it will basically get unstrung when you drag it through the mud. I know exactly what you're saying Masterjuggler98; it's a good question, but I don't have an experienced answer for it. I would think that spray painting it would keep it intact though. Maybe try that out and report back if it works.
 

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Wesly that was what I was looking for. Couldn't quite explain it rigt for some reason. I tried spray painting before, and like I expected, because paint isn't a glue, it doesn't work. Either way I am planning on using dye so I don't want it spray painted.

And Fuzzy, I think mine might not be a tight weave but it's not loose either. It holds when I move it around but when I go to tie it on it comes undone.
 

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Sometimes I get to work with burlap that is super tight and does not come undone easy, tough to destring, almost a pain in the ass. That stuff has held together for over a year. Meanwhile, the "tanner" burlap I have worked with is super easy to destring. It all depends what you get at the store, as it varies. Go back and look for darkish tan almost a grey color.
 

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@Cheese - It depends on hoe many coats of the paint you put in. I might have been using a weaker paint or something than you. Either way as the paint wears of it will destring itself over time anyway. - @Fuzzy - I am on a very tight budget and I got the burlap already so I can' just go and get more in a tighter weave. And if memory serves it was only in light brown/tan.
 

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Sometimes I get to work with burlap that is super tight and does not come undone easy, tough to destring, almost a pain in the ass. That stuff has held together for over a year. Meanwhile, the "tanner" burlap I have worked with is super easy to destring. It all depends what you get at the store, as it varies. Go back and look for darkish tan almost a grey color.
dangit,lol.. I didnt even think about that! I'm sorry man. I have only had the luck of getting the stupid hard kind thats a pain in the neck to fray. I liked the lighter color tan cause that was about the color I was going for,I guess I learned something new today. My next trip to Joann Fabrics will be to get the other kind mentioned, or wait till I have enough to buy from Fuzzy! I really wanna make a sweet crawl suit but cant affors it right now. My birthhday is in a few days and the warden wanted to buy me Sniper Elite for the ps3 but I dont own one,she does and in a way I would almost enjoy a sexy ole ghillie more.. but its a real toss up,lol.. Again bro, I am sorry I may have seemed rude and I didnt intend it. :shrug:
 

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As said it won't come undone totally depending on whats used.
If you buy the rolls of coloured burlap/hessian this tends to fray more but is already in the width you want so only need cut to length.(Im not keen on this stuff but have used it to make suits for someone else at there request)
Your best using hessian sand bags like these ..

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HESSIAN-R...main_3&var=&hash=item3369be4d0e#ht_6200wt_922

The colours vary and depending on how you want the suit you don't need to dye much. I would also cut them shorter than 1 food though,i think mine were only about 20cm and i then folded and attached it on the middle part.

Have a look at the ghillie pictures thread (page 19)this is how I made mine, I only used sand bags as this is how the british army mainly make theres they don't use stranded hessian. The ends stray and some bits will stay totally but in the main they stay together quite well which gives a good mix of textures.
 

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No problem ranger. I was going to go to joann fabrics actually to get it but I went to home depot because it's a bit cheaper there for me. I might go to joann's to get the darker colors, but I still want a way to make sure it never falls apart, like spray glue or something. Over time it will come undone if it gets snagged on bushes constantly.

i've actually been making the jute strings a foot and a half then tie them at the middle of the string to the net. And I wan only planning on dying like 5-10% because I want to keep it mostly tan so I can just add veggies.

What ghillie pictures thread would you be talking about?
 

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Nice ghillie. I'm going for 80% strands and 20% strips. Besides veggies of course.
 

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Its all personal preference and where its to be used that makes the decision at the end of the day.

The first ghillie I made was a stranded version, but if didn't think it preformed that well where I played(quite thick woodland with lots of ferns) and for my next I searched online and in books for as much info as possible, and decided to go with a stripped version.

Which I found works perfectly in the uk woodlands.

I cant find the picture now as the forum has gone but one of the uk snipers had one of the best ghillie i have ever seen his was made from moss weed and stalker grass,as he played in lots of openish grass parts.when lying down even in open grass it was extremely hard to spot him.

He also made a autumn suit which was strand like mine but about twice as wide and long in a darker brown colour which was extremely good.
 
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