Foundations of Rope Bondage (Book)

Foundations of Rope Bondage
A Fun and Friendly Introduction to Rope Fundamentals

Unleash your sensual desires and creativity with TheDuchy’s Foundations of Rope Bondage, the ultimate guide to exploring the art of rope bondage.


Curious about rope bondage but don’t know where to start? Foundations of Rope Bondage is the perfect introduction. Author Lazarus Redmayne breaks down the basics of this seductive art form and details ties in clear, jargon-free language. With easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions and over 1500 photographs, you’ll learn 16 essential rope bondage ties and the building blocks used to create them.  From beginner knots like Lark’s Head and Half Hitch to more advanced ties like the Shinju and Hishi Karada.

This book outlines how to prepare for potential risks and navigate the BDSM scene as a newbie. You’ll discover how to openly communicate with your partner, read their body language, and explore the boundaries of your desires in a safe and consensual way.

Foundations of Rope Bondage is the perfect resource for anyone looking to add a touch of eroticism to their relationship, or for those who want to explore the sensual art of Shibari on their own.

The book will become a standard for beginners and intermediates. So much useful information.”
–  RH

“This is my new favorite reference to tell people to go buy.”
– LG

“Foundations of Rope Bondage may be the best BDSM instructional book I’ve ever read.”
– LA

“I’ve already bought an extra copy.”
– JP

The book will become a standard for beginners and intermediates. So much useful information.”
–  RH

“I bought mine and received it last week. And it is amazing and so full of information!”
– PS

“Reading this book might have been the most surprising things I’ve encountered in a while. They have done an amazing job taking a vast amount of knowledge, and condensing it to it’s core, knowledge that it can take a lifetime of mistakes in the community to learn. This book impressed me not because of how amazingly it taught rope and shibari. It impressed me because it went beyond that, and gave it’s reader a primer for what BDSM is, and what BDSM could be for us all. From reviewing core concepts of risk assessment philosophy, to best practices for approaching all notions of BDSM, to giving an easy to understand walk through for various levels of shabari and rope, Foundations of Rope Bondage may be the best BDSM instructional book I’ve ever read.
– LA

“Got my copy this week! It’s so thorough and detailed from the very first page, my partner and I can’t wait to dive into it!”
– CTHB

“THANK YOU SO MUCH.  Truly, I feel blessed to be reading this book from you. It is so amazingly comprehensive and eloquent in its approach, and I absolutely adore instructional books that read more like guides of skills than they read like a book of recipes. Thank you so much again for this, and for all the amazing effort and time you give to the communities, as well as to the next generation of BDSM and rope users.”
– LA

I’ve already bought an extra copy, and I absolutely love the way the material is presented and the depth some of the topics covered when they’re usually papered over. If you want to get to start on your bondage journey this is a great starting point, and if you’ve been at it a while this is a wonderful teaching tool for others or a great place to review fundamentals.”
– JP

“This is my new favorite reference to tell people to go buy.”
– LG

“I did a lot of instruction work in the BDSM community and your book is honestly the best BDSM primer I’ve ever seen. And THEN it does amazing rope work instruction … I know a lot of young queer folk that would appreciate perspective like that.”
–  L

We just quickly skimmed over the 1st few chapters (i will read them in detail)…and we’re both very impressed at the detail you went into, before even TOUCHING rope. Lots of great info in there for the beginner. Nicely done. I like how you didn’t sugar coat things either. You speak like real person, not necessarily a teacher.
– TB

“Beautiful!”
– GCP

“Excellent book!”
– J

Welcome to the Wonderous World of Rope Bondage

Chapter 1 – BDSM and Rope

  • Portrayal in Media
  • Myths
  • BDSM and the Law
  • The Scene & The Community
  • Operating Within the Scene/Community

Chapter 2 – Reducing Risk

  • YOU are Responsible for Your Own Safety
  • Injury Prevention Rule #1
  • The Spectrum of Risks
  • Risk Prevention and Treatment
  • Nerves and Circulation
  • Have Multiple “Outs”
  • Rope Hygiene
  • Considerations for Tops
  • Considerations for Bottoms

Chapter 3 – Rope Bondage Concepts and Rope Itself

  • Reducing Risk
  • Terms Used in Rope Bondage
  • Your Toy Bag
  • Rope Itself — Type, Thickness, Length
  • Rope Ends

Chapter 4 – The Four Fundamental Knots

  • The Lark’s Head
  • Overhand / Double Overhand Knot
  • The Half Hitch
  • Square Knot and Surgeon’s Knot

Chapter 5 – Rope Handling Tips and Tricks

  • How to “Lock Off”
  • Style and Mood While Tying and Untying

Chapter 6 – Single Column Ties

  • Lark’s Head Single Column
  • Somerville Bowline
  • Cat’s Paw Single Column and Flogging Cuff
  • Classic Single Column
  • Hojo Cuff

Chapter 7 – Double Column Ties

  • Classic Double Column
  • Wrap & Cinch Double Column
  • Lark’s Head Double Column
  • Load-bearing Double Column
  • Extended Lark’s Head Double Column
  • Multi-loop Texas Handcuffs

Chapter 8 – More Rope Handling Techniques

  • Building Blocks: Junctions
  • Extending Rope
  • Using Up or “Burning” Extra Rope
  • Body Type Considerations

Chapter 9 – Chest Harnesses

  • Bikini Harness
  • Shinju
  • Pentagram/Star Harness
  • Hishi Karada

Chapter 10 – Hip Harnesses

  • Simple Crotch Rope
  • Redmayne Strap-On

Chapter 11 – Building Great Scenes Using Multiple Ties

  • A Survey of Foundation Ties
  • Frog Tie
  • Classic Hog Tie
  • Crab Tie
  • Malasana Tie
  • Kneeling Strappado
  • The Bound Nadu
  • Standing Strappado
  • Holiday Inspiration
  • Autumn Quadruped
  • One Type of Box Tie
  • A Box and Elbow Tie
  • Adjustable Box Tie
  • Waitress
  • Accessible Hog Tie
  • Lambda
  • Tying to a Chair or Wheelchair

Appendices

  • Negotiation/Conversation Starter Form
  • BDSM Activities Checklist / Hot List / Limits List

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Orders outside the US, CA, the UK and EU are handled by PGW.

You want to make the best book you can, you have many rounds of editing by multiple people, and while you get better and better every time, perfection is not really attainable. So, we’re asking you the reader and the community to help us improve.

No doubt, as more and more of you dig into Foundations, you may have questions.  If you see a way that we can improve Foundations, we’d love to hear it!  Feel free to leave a comment below or, if you’d like to share your thoughts more privately, drop me a line.

If you find simple spelling errors, or other such things, we will collect them offline for inclusion in a future version, but we will share any material clarifications on Updates to Foundations of Rope Bondages page.  That way people don’t need to wait for a future printing to get important updates!

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3 Comments

  1. I l9ve this book. Thank you.

  2. Actually I found it to be quite interesting. As a written reference and supplement to your website.

  3. YAY I’ll be acquiring this book ! How freaking cool!

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