The most common question I get asked is, "Where do I go to learn about rope?" So I decided it was time for a list. A big sexy, throbbing, moist and ever growing list of rope education resources. Enjoy, share, and let me know of any additions!
-Easy to follow instructions, large, helpful photos of diverse, realistic bodies and genders in rope. Covers ties and rope handling for beginners as well as showing some fun, advanced ties. Ties for restraint, sex, and decoration. My personal favorite; it’s light-hearted and un-intimidating, shows bondage as something anyone can master.
Two Knotty Boys:
-Focus on using nylon rope and advanced knots to create decorative rope bondage. Detailed instructions, clear photos of each step. Some of the more complicated ties are confusing for beginners or those uninterested in knots. Creative, nontraditional, Western style bondage, taught in a fun-loving style.
-Shows methods for using basic ties for sex and exposure. Beautiful, sexy photos of male and female bodies in inspiring bondage positions. Clear instructions, and great for beginners to learn how to take rope into the bedroom.
-Imagine an origami instruction book but for rope; it uses symbols to vaguely outline the steps of a tie, almost no text but lovely photos. Depending on your learning style this is either the best or the worst book to learn from. Most helpful for intermediate learners to brush up on new techniques.
-Covers bondage for male bodies more thoroughly than the other books. Focus on traditional Japanese bondage and techniques. Heavy on text and light on photos, which is great for non-visual learners and those who want to learn rope history while learning a tie.
-A glossy book of rope porn with a side dish of instruction and bodice-ripper style stories to inspire a scene. Fun book to round out your collection, not a lot of real learning to be had here.
Clifford W Ashley:
-A must have for a true rope geek curious about the in and outs of how and why knots work or which hitch/knot/friction would be best in each situation. Nothing but in depth instructions for every possible knot imaginable
-Text heavy, safety focused guides to rope. leans more towards text book than sexy tutorial but has a lot of great information especially for absolute beginners.
-First an adorable, little book for those curious about rope bottoming and how to go about getting tied up in a safe and enjoyable manner. And her more recent tome goes deep into methods of tying every shape and size of body regardless of age or gender.
-Nerdy, textbook style explorations of two different schools of traditional Eastern rope bondage. No tutorials, a lot of talk.
-The best videos of beginner rope I’ve encountered. Very basic and no nonsense; this is where I started learning things like the single column, double column and chest harness ties.
-Sadly YouTube has a real anti-boner for the Knotty Boys videos despite them involving no nudity or sexuality whatsoever. You can still find them randomly around the internet by searching for things like “dragonfly sleeve, Knotty Boys” or “doublecoin knot, Knotty Boys.” Especially great for extra assistance in figuring out the knots described in their books
-Most helpful for more advanced topics like the front loading box tie or attaching a Hitachi to a crotch rope, these videos are amazingly well done, clear, and informative. I really like his method of explaining a tie and learn something new every time I watch his videos.
-A ridiculous and jock strap wearing change of pace from the other more serious videos. Also, hurrah for guys in rope.
-Great and very in depth examinations of how to most effectively tie each piece of rope into a harness, and why each rope or friction is placed the way it is. Long and nitpicky videos but worth it to really understand the fundamentals and physics of a tie.
-Requires Fetlife log in to access. A well rounded list of a variety of hip harnesses from decorative to load bearing for suspensions from a varied list of rope pros. The Leto harness is still my favorite.
-Another Fetlife only list, some of the videos are only available to paid members. This has a little bit of everything for everyone. Soooo many videos!
(in the Portland, Oregon area)
PRAG (Portland Rope Arts Group)
2nd Monday of every month, 7PM-9PM, Catalyst Dungeon, $5
-Portland’s longest running rope arts group, each month involves a beginner’s class to learn the basics and an intermediate class to learn a new topic.
3rd Sunday of every month, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM, private studio in NE Portland, $5
-Portland’s rope group for female identified, trans, non-binary and gender queer rope tops, male identified folks are invited only as bottoms, 101 and intermediate class with new topic each month.
Private Instruction (By Fetlife Name)
Me! aka CircleOfLight
-I often focus on the basics of rope for sex, but I am also available for basic 101 ties, self bondage/suspension instruction, stretching for rope, and ties for male and/or larger bodies. Available for one on one or skype instruction, as well as ticketed group classes.
-A super passionate, sweet, and knowledgeable couple who often teach on topics involving the bottom's experience in rope. Find them at ticketed group classes or large events like Kinkfest.
-A fixture in the local BDSM community, he is a fount of knowledge about all things ropey and kinky! Once a month he teaches small group classes in his studio on topics like partial suspension, erotic restraint or when bondage goes wrong.
Rope Focused Parties
Noble's Rope Jam
Last Sunday of every month, 2PM-6PM, private location in SE Portland, $3-$5
-Monthly low key ropey get together in Noble's studio. Contact him on Fetlife to be given the venue info. Not quite a playparty and not quite rope practice, it's a great event to go to in order to have an excuse to meet other people who like rope and have an excuse to do some tying.