Different techniques come in many variations. To continue expanding our toolbox, we can look at different rope techniques and learn how they can be applied to our bondage play. Practice some of the basic techniques we commonly use and challenge them by looking into alternate ways to do things.

The goal of this week is to explore different techniques, their variations and discover new ways to tie.

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Day 204: More Frictions – In Day 2 we looked at several frictions based on diagonal shapes. We can combine rope turns in different ways to create new frictions, the possibilities are infinite. Explore frictions by trying different approaches, going straight vs diagonally, going over vs under. Design frictions that are very efficient, or very solid. Fold the rope to follow the friction’s shape to make it strong and compact.

Day 205: More Weavings – The weaved chest harnesses from Day 16 was just the start. Weaving can be used in many different ways in bondage. It can be aesthetic and structural. Try using weaving for different purposes, make a hip harness structure, a weaved knot, create a decorative pattern, etc.

Day 206: Braids and Sinnets – Sinnets are techniques to braid the rope on itself or around another object. It is familiar to use braids to tie hair and there are lots of fun possibilities for rope structure as well. In particular, braiding a cuff is faster to tie than weaving and will create a structure that is both stable and comfortable. This technique is great to create a comfortable cuff that doesn’t require staying under tension. It is quite popular in suspension and is just as useful for floor ties. You can also try using different sinnet patterns like the chain sinnet from Day 186 to create decorative elements in your ties.

Day 207: More Serpentine – Aka clam structure, zig zag – We can apply the same principle as the chest serpentine from Day 19 and the clam knot from Day 188 to other body parts. Create a stem and zig zag around it to create the structure. Surprise your friends by removing the stem, the tie opening like a clam.

Day 208: Chain Stitch – Aka slip stitch. In crochet, there are many uses of the principle of the chain stitch and slip stitch to create structure. We can use those techniques to create rope patterns. These can be very fast to tie and untie because there is no need to pull the whole rope through. Use this technique to wrap the body quickly.

Day 209: Pulley System – By looping rope through, we can create a pulley system that will give us a mechanical advantage when pulling on the rope. This is great to add tension, we can use it to make a hogtie tighter or with our bed frame to spread even more. Compare how adding a carabiner reduces friction and allows for a smoother movement.

Day 210: Finishing Ties – There are several techniques to finish a tie, use up the remaining rope, and create a clean finish. Sword wrapping, wraps, inline cuffs, half hitched pattern, sinnet leash, bundle, just to name a few. Each adds interesting aesthetic and play elements. To increase our mastery of these techniques, we can measure how much rope is actually used by each method so we can pick the right one when we want to finish a tie swiftly without having dangling rope ends.


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Credit: Banner, friction R/P: Ebi McKnotty – Pulley, finishing M: AlexK7 R/P: Ebi McKnotty