Because sometimes a little background reading is helpful, and can really change our approach to rope, we're starting a recommended reading list for rope. Because there is so much available, we're going to limit it to published material, and try to keep it from turning into too long a list. We will update as good stuff comes to our attention. But here goes:
'The Essence of Shibari' by Shin Nawakari
'Year of the Bakushi' by Bakushi Sin
'The Psychology of Rope Bondage' by Bakushi Sin
'Yoga Anatomy (2nd ed)' by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews
'Better Bondage for Every Body' by Evie Vane
'The Little Guide to Getting Tied Up' by Evie Vane
'A Guide for Rope Bottoms and Bondage Models' by Clover
There are a few others yet to be added, but this is a good starting point for the readers amongst us.
I've been working on this list for the last 4 - 5 months for the Hitchin Bitches Ohio chapter I am running. I'm aware there was another list floating around, but this is my take on all that I've found and I wanted to share my collection. I have watched each and every one of these videos. There are some practices I don't agree with in the some of the videos. Use your judgement, knowledge and skills to discern proper and safe practices. I have found some value in each of them....even those having techniques, I don't believe in or practice.
These videos do not take the place of the valuable time spent in a class or workshop with a live instructor.....there simply is no replacement for live time with a teacher or guru......EVER!
I'm extremely grateful for all of the rope tops/riggers/gurus who have taken the time to create the videos and pass on your knowledge to continue to inspire and help us all grow.
EvieVane - How to Get Tied up, Part 1: Finding a Rope Partner.
EvieVane - How to Get Tied Up, Part 3: Preparing to Be Tied.
EvieVane - How to Get Tied Up, Part 4: Tips For Rope Suspensions..
Roles - Rope Top & Rope Bottom
Types of Rope
Finishing Rope Ends
laquartacorda - How to fold ropes (Italian)
stephano_birdofprey - Storing the rope (italian)
Giotto Rope Fundamentals Seamlessly All Together. (Western Style)
Nennemich - chest harnesses without cinches.
Twisted Monk - Good basics here
Two Knotty Boys - A great deal of fun Western fusion style ties
SINGLE COLUMN TIES
Gan Raptor - Bowline. Polish
Giotto Rope Fundamentals Single Column Tie. (Western Style)
Giotto Rope Fundamentals Single Column Tie w Extra Wraps. (Western Style)
laquartacorda - Single column tie (italian)
Topologist - Reverse Somerville Bowline Application - Note1.
WkyD_Dave - Somerville Bowline (of note - this single column tie was invented by Topologist but this video is the easiest way to actual tie it that I've found.)
DOUBLE COLUMN TIE
Giotto Rope Fundamentals Double Column Tie. (Western Style)
Giotto Rope Fundamentals Wide Double Column Tie. (Western Style)
laquartacorda - Double Column Tie (Italian)
GanRaptor - Multiple ways to join rope. (Polish)
Inverted Y-Knot -EM-
Reverse Tension - Rope Space
Reverse Tension Variation - Rope Space
Thistle Knot - Rope Space
CHEST HARNESS FOR SELF SUSPENSION
GanRaptor - Hishi Takate Kote. (Polish)
GanRaptor - Hojo jutsu. (Polish)
GanRaptor - Jiai Shibari. (Polish)
GanRaptor - Jiai Shibari #1. (Polish)
GanRaptor - Jiai Shibari #2. (Polish)
GanRaptor - Jiai Shibari #3. (Polish)
GanRaptor - Tengu Shibari #2. (Polish)
Giotto Rope Fundamentals Chest Harness. (Western Style)
MiShibari - Locahi Box Tie/TK (German)
MiShibari - Chest Harness (German)
Topologist - Chest-loading Takate Kote: 3-rope Version 3, Part 1 of 4.
Topologist - Partially Chest-loading Takate Kote. (Note is caveat of "this is an experimental tie")
WykD_Dave - Nemuri Shibari - Chest harness tied while bottom lying face down.
** CROTCH ROPE**
MiShibari - Hog Tie (German)
EbiMcKnotty - Two Futomomos on the same leg - for suspension
FUTUMOMO TIED TO A HARD POINT
** HEAD/FACE BONDAGE**
MiShibari - Drum Harness (German)
MiShibari - Gun slinger(German)
MiShibari - Hip Harness (German)
stefano_birdofprey - tobuturu shibari.(Italian with English subtitles)
MiShibari - Karada/TK (German)
GanRaptor - Hojo hishi version with leg. (Polish)
GanRaptor - Hojo hishi version with the braids only the upper part of the torso. (Polish)
GanRaptor - Hojo hishi version with hips. (Polish)
MiShibari - Inverted Suspension (German)
KinkyKittyPlayKat - Lowering your bottom safely to the ground
MiShibari - Marionette/Puppeteer (German)
nennemich - another suspension technique (attaching to a hardpoint
** JAPANESE ROPE TUTORIAL by MAX TINA**- Watch in order
Kink Academy - This site as HUNDREDS of videos of all types of play as well as rope instruction. It' well worth a month of viewing if money allows.
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