Once the rope is safely anchored, the rest of the rope can be used to continue tying. The action of rope wrapping around rope creates a friction. It can be used to add structure to a rope pattern without any knot. Frictions are great because they are fast to tie and don’t compact into something hard to untie.

Loop Around

Wrapping a rope around another rope, making a complete loop, creates a first hint of structure. This is also known as 360 friction or wrap around.

Reverse Tension

Changing tension direction will allow you to make parallel wraps that can hold as long as you maintain tension.

Half Hitch

Adding a turn to the reverse tension will allow the tie to stay in place without pulling so much. This is a structure called the half hitch.

Half X Friction

More turns makes the frictions progressively more stable.

X Friction

The rope crossing over itself in different directions creates a very solid system. The X friction is a very classic pattern because it is quite efficient.

There are an infinite of ways to make frictions, we’ll explore more styles in week 30.

Practice Time!

Create different variations of the rope skirt using a variety of frictions.

Self-evaluation checklist:

  • There are no unnecessary twists in the rope
  • The rope folds in a way that makes the friction compacted for maximum efficiency
  • The tighter the friction, the more efficient it will be. Tight frictions will make the rope hard to the touch
  • Reverse tension: How much do you need to pull to make the middle section (stem) completely vertical?

Exploration ideas:

  • What is the difference between going under and exiting over, versus going over first and exiting under? Which one has more friction?
  • More slippery rope might require additional turns. Which friction is stable enough for your rope?
  • Mix and match different frictions in the same tie
  • How many movements are required to create each friction?
  • How fast can you make it?
  • How fast can you untie it?
  • Which friction do you find the most aesthetic?
  • How much space should be between each frictions on the stem? Can you make them all even?
  • Can you create new frictions based on this technique?

Inspirations and Resources

Credit: Rope skirt idea by Butterfly Bondage –  Pictures –M: Miss_Soffia R/P: Ebi McKnotty

Next: Day 3: Improvisation

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