We have been invited to present a small rope class at KinkFest this year and we’re pretty excited. This will also be our first time attending KinkFest – a two day educational kink conference with workshops, performances, discussions, talks, play, and more – and judging by the programme, it sounds like it will be a lot of fun.
The event will take place on a weekend in July (Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th July) at Xtasia, Midlands UK. Tickets have almost sold out, but you can still get your hands on them before they go, here.
To read the full programme, you can follow this link here.
What will we be taking about? Well, lots of people ask us (and this is also something we see on a lot of online group threads) how many Shibari rope patterns there are out there, how to learn them, or how to achieve certain body positions using rope. In essence, the question boils down to: besides the TK, what else can you tie that is structural and fun? Or more simply… how do you build a tie? We think this topic can make up for fun and informative class, so we put something together. We hope it pleases 🙂
(Disclaimer: this class is not about suspension, it is going to be about building solid, structurally sound and functional rope ties suitable for your rope partner/s).
Mini Rope Lab: How to build a tie with FredHatt and MissBones
FredHatt and MissBones are both scientists and academics, hence the concept of a ‘Rope Lab’! As the name indicates, a Rope Lab is not simply about learning patterns but rather about understanding how ties work.
In this 90 minute mini Rope Lab we’ll go into ‘How to build a tie’. We’ll use the key components found in the TK (single column tie, munter hitches, lock offs, wrap tensioning etc) to freestyle a tie from scratch. We’ll demo how to do this first step-by-step with our favourite arm binder (this is a two-part arm binder with two different aesthetics, one in which the wrists are free, so this is a bit different from what you may be used to). Then, you’ll be able to come up with your own ties based on the rope structures you’re familiar with and we’ll help you develop them with you.
This class will be of interest to technically minded people who care about the “why” as well as the “how”. This should provide you with something to take home and have fun with.
You must at least know how to tie a TK2 as well as a safe single column tie. You’ll need a minimum of 4 7-8 meter natural fibre ropes.