Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Takedowns

Here's a tutorial for those of you looking for ways to bring your bottom safely and sexily to the ground before throwing rope on them. In this video we cover three ways to do that (and NOT to do that). Enjoy and have fun! Hyahhh!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The John Willie G-String Tie Variation

John Willie was a well known photographer and fetishist for the magazine Bizarre back in the 1940's and 50's. His work has certainly influenced today's kink scene in many ways, especially the photograph aspect of it. He also developed some rope bondage techniques. We are borrowing on one of those, his G-String Tie, for this post. The tie presented is a variation of the original which can be found here: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/22/John_Willie_-_G_String_Tie.png

It is a fun and fairly quick tie but as it is presented it is not an inescapable tie. If you want something that will look good and combines traditional American rope bondage with a little shibari thrown in, give it a whirl, we think you will like it!

Start with the mid-point of the rope at the back of the neck and split the tails so the two halves go down either side of the body in the front. 

The two tails will be on the outside of the chest.

Bring the ropes behind the back to form an X. It doesn't matter which rope crosses. The two color arrows are to help illustrate how the ropes should look. The tails will end up on the opposite side that they started on. 

Bring the two tails back to the front, coming over the hip bone. Bring them back together between the legs. For an interesting variation on this you could strategically place a knot for a more interesting experience for the bottom. 
Bring the rope, now doubled, back between the hands. Form a 90 degree angle and bring the rope around one wrist. 

The photo might be a bit confusing, but the concept is fairly simple. Bring the rope around one wrist the back around the outside of the opposite wrist then underneath the bend you formed in the last step. Take a moment to dress this wrist lock to tighten it up. Keep in mind that this tie could tighten as it is presented. A lock knot before moving on to the next step would prevent that from happening. 
Take your rope and bring it up behind the X in small of the back then reverse direction back to the wrists. 
The rope then goes under the cuff between the wrists. 

At this point simply "vine" or wrap the rope around itself and finish with a half hitch. 

The final product will look like this from the back and the front is shown at the beginning. A very simple and fun tie that gives a lot of access...









Saturday, November 1, 2014

Green Mountain Cabaret Halloween Rope Performance!


This is our fourth performance with the Green Mountain Cabaret. We used the song, "Once Upon a Dream," by Lana Del Rey and had it mixed by Noah Hirka. Happy Halloween!

p.s. Sorry we've been slacking on the blog this month. October was a whirlwind for all three of us and we had to prioritize other competing obligations in our lives. We will resume our regular posting schedule in November. Thank you for "hanging" in there!

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Gravity Boot


Howdy folks,

  This week we take a look at a herringbone variation of the classic gravity boot for foot-loading full and partial suspensions. Lux and I learned this tie on a recent trip to NHOT, where Lux was teaching a women's rope suspension class. We were told that this tie comes from Giotto of deGiotto Rope, so hats off to him for some very slick rope work!

  Have fun everyone, fly safe, and happy tying!
    ~Tracker

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Kaa Cuff



I was teaching a Women's Suspension class this past weekend at NHOT and nhslutwhisperer taught me this totally innovative cuff created by Kaa (hence the name). It's self tensioning so you don't have to fiddle around with the bands when tying off. So cool!! Here's a link to Kaa's video explaining this tie.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Basic Rope Kit

The IFA has been around for several years now and in that time we often get asked “What do I want or need for a basic rope kit?” It seems like a great answer to have on our blog.

I would recommend that folks start off with something like this:
- 4 pieces of 15'
- 3 pieces of 30'
- Safety shears and/or rescue hook

Yep, that is about as basic as it gets. Let me break down the whys of what I chose: 4 lengths of 15' will let you do single column ties on every limb.With this someone could be tied to a bed in a number of inviting ways. You could also easily do double column ties on legs, wrists and arms with those lengths. 15' gives you a bit more flexibility in regard to the size of the columns that you are putting it on and also gives you slightly longer tails to reach whatever you may want to attach them to.

Three 30' pieces will allow you to do some fairly elaborate chest harnesses and hip harnesses. Or perhaps a chest harness and a hip harness. You could also do some basic rope corsetry with it too.

If you play with rope you really should have safety shears and/or a rescue hook on your person or very close nearby in case of emergencies. The rope you have could be inexpensive rope from a hardware store or it could be valuable hand-spun and hand dyed bamboo rope but no matter its intrinsic value it will never be worth the life of the person bound in it. This is an item that you should not skimp on. Inexpensive safety shears can be purchased via Ebay or at drug stores but they tend to be dull, not cut well and may not do what they need to do in case of an emergency. Spend $10 on a good pair.

This basic 150 feet will work very well for most basic floor work. If you want to do more complex forms or start to think about suspension then it needs to be altered.

“What type of rope should I start with?” is another frequently asked question. The answer is going to seem somewhat non-committal, but honestly, whatever rope you can afford. Yes, there are rope types that you should stay away from (anything super cheap, especially with a monofilament core) but there are a lot that work. There is braided nylon that can be purchased at Home Depot, Lowes, or a local hardware store that will work very well for basic floor work. Good cotton clothesline (without the hard core) works well too. Of course if you are gung ho then get hemp or jute or any of the better synthetics that are out there (MFP, good braided nylon, Hempex, Banda rope, etc). The most important thing is to have rope.

Why do I say that it is important to have rope? Simple - if you don’t have rope then you can’t tie. Like anything else, the way to get better with rope bondage is to practice. If you don’t tie regularly and don’t handle the rope much you won’t become fluid with it. You will always be relearning what you had learned earlier. If you sit and practice with a partner or even on yourself then you will become more comfortable with the rope. It pays off! In all the time I have helped instruct people with rope bondage the people who struggle the most are the people who don’t have their own rope because they can’t practice at home.

There will be an upcoming post about the merits of different kinds of rope, how to prepare your own hemp rope and other topics of that nature.

Esox

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Midrope Loop Revisited


Howdy rope geeks,

  This week I'm unveiling my latest attempt at locking that pesky midrope loop. Now we've got one bombproof knot that looks reasonably clean IMO and works equally well for both forward and reverse tension column ties. Although I look fairly subdued in this video, I'm actually really pumped with this new solution to an old problem. Also, a quick thank you is in order for Lady Lux, who helped me find a cleaner, more symmetric finish for the knot. So get out there, have fun, and happy tying!

  ~Tracker

Helpful links:
  Lark's Head Cuff
  Locking the Midrope Loop