A friend has made a very beautiful rectangular tent. It doesn’t have any guy ropes, it is based on an internal frame with welded connectors, similar to the cheap sunshades you can buy. It’s very popular because it doesn’t need extra space for guy ropes. Also, it’s beautiful. The small tent in the foreground is a soldier’s tent. There’s more information about it here.
There are a number of rectangular tents in the Froissart Chronicles. It’s a 15th Century French manuscript with lots of battle scenes. Almost all of them have guy ropes.
So, I want to make the same canvas shell, but use 2 poles and forked guy ropes.
And here are the pictures that show rectangular tents with guy ropes.
And another one:
I would like to make a red one. I can get cheap red canvas. But a friend recently found some bargain canvas, so I’ll be making a white one. I’ll probably paint it similarly to the tent shown in the Romance of Alexander above.
I want to use the tent as a light weight camping tent and also for an arming tent at tourneys. I’ll make 4 removable wall sections that will overlap to make an opening in the centre of each face. Each wall piece will be half an end and half front/back.
It is big enough to fit a double bed between the poles, and a bit of storage space at the ends.
Here are the proportions and sizes I’m using.
Here’s my cutting pattern. Click for the link to a printable pdf.
The dimensions are the cutting out dimensions, including seam allowance. I’ve allowed a 40mm seam allowance for “vertical” seams and 100mm for the top and bottom of the walls, and the bottom of the roof.
See the dining tent post for examples of the sewing and painting set up.