Finally putting it all together in our 3 part article. So, now let’s get started! Read below!!!!
Recap: In our article 1 (click here to read the article), you jumped on the Tactical Concealments website in order to find the right suit for you to wear. Whether or not you were in the military or a great hunter! You can find what you were looking for. In our article 2 (click here to read the article) you were taking the jute and color dyes you had gotten on the Tactical Concealments website to create your own mixture of color jute to match the area around you. But, now in this article, we are putting it all together for you and testing the colors in our high desert area to see what it will look like. Check it out:
As you can see in the pictures above, I not only have natural color jute, but I added sand OD & earth color grass along with moss hair & dreds. With all this mixture it will turn out great! I found it really easy to put these suits together, outside and on a table. This gives you plenty of room to lay out all your jute and suit to get a good look and piece the colors together. But you can use the floor or whatever you got that makes you feel comfortable. Remember – it is going to take you a while to put it together.
Now, grab a large number of different colors of jute, grass, moss hair and etc. and lay them out next to your suit on your table. (easy to grab as you put them on) I get asked all the time about how much jute do I tie on? As you read below you will see I use two different ways to tie the jute on. There IS NO RIGHT WAY. But I can tell you when you tie the jute on, it does give you a certain look. Plus it also does not matter how much you grab to tie on as well. I vary on how much I tie on. A large or small amount in a bundle to get a different look in different areas on the suit. Check it out.
You are wanting to START at the bottom of the shirt or pants and work your way up. That way you can see where you are going and see the colors as they go on. Take a small amount of jute in your hand and create a loop
Pull one side of the jute through and around one of the strings like so.
and now tie it in a knot.
as you can see in this picture, I tied the moss hair as shown above. You can see I pulled on the ends to get the smallest knot possible. Of course the more strings you have in the group the bigger the knot. I never measure how much jute, grass or etc. I put on in groups, I just grab and go. But the point I am getting at is that you tie the strands in this way, you will see that the group lays down as in the picture.
The second way you can tie them on is, take a group of jute or grass and loop it again around as in the first picture. This time take the whole loop and put it through the square. Then take both (arms) and bring them through the loop like in picture number 2. Then pull hard down to secure the strands. I found out as I tie like this, the strap I tied the jute on will bring the material close together. All I do is pull the material apart and readjust the jute. Works great
After tying jute on or grass you might notice that the strands are way long and hang off the suit. This is a critical part because most natural vegetation is not all long. What I did is take a pair of scissors and cut the jute down not to short, but just enough as you can see in the pictures below:
After a while, you will see that your suit is starting to come together. This is one of the most important times to stop and take a step back. The reason for this is because you want to look at your suit to see the colors. Plus you want to make sure you are not bunching up one color in one area.
I am now done with the pants. I throw the pants on the ground and walked back a little to see my colors, how the jute was laying and if it blended well. I did leave holes in the jute because when you are out in the field, you can add the local vegetation in those areas to get a good camouflage.
I do want to bring up a good point. If you look at the pants, I used both ways to tie on the jute. I wanted it to stand up and lay down in different areas as you can see in the pictures below:
Now that you are done. Take a step back again and look at your work. Always see if it blends! see below.
Time to take it out in the field!
In the pictures above you can see the front of the suit and the back. Look at the colors! Perfect match. Let’s look again? See the picture below. Where is he? Do not cheat!!!!!
Okay, so check out the rest of the pictures to see where he was hiding.
Here are a couple more pictures in different areas:
Yes, Yes – before you comment about the barrel sticking out of the weeds. Normally you would not see it. But I put it out so you can see where the sniper was. (Just for the picture)
Well, there you go! The three series articles to buy-build-and complete your ghillies suit. I hope you have had as much fun as I have. Now swing over to Tactical Concealment and pick up the suit you need. Until next time
The Tactical Concealment Mamba suit is designed for military and law enforcement operators who require 360 aerial degree visual camouflage concealment for their whole body in a trouser and blouse setup. It has been proven to be a ghillie suit that has gone to ‘hell and back’ and still lives to fight another day. it is practically bomb proof!