Calendar of Events: ROPECRAFT Chicago, May 26th to 29th, 2017
Event: Registration | Classes | Special Events | Self Suspension Space
By Room: Savoy A | Savoy B | Savoy C | Savoy D1 | Savoy D2 | Savoy E | Savoy F | Savoy G
By Skill: Fundamentals | Intermediate | Advanced | By Type: Suspension | Japanese Bondage | Western Bondage | Health | Mean Rope | Self Tying | Floor Work | Discussion
ROPECRAFT Registration opens at 2pm in the Fosse meeting room right outside our Vendor Bazaar. Head down towards the Savoy Ballroom area with your photo ID to get your badge, sign your paperwork and get your photo consent ribbon if desired. The earlier you register, the more time you have to enjoy our Meet and Greet starting at 7pm!
Being a person of color who is also kinky can mean being a minority within a minority. Often we are spread so thin at kink conferences that we hardly see each other.
Open to all people of color and their guests, The Kinksters of Color Meet & Greet is a chance to put [scene] names to faces, network, commiserate and feel strength in numbers and is hosted by David Wraith.
ROPECRAFT Registration opens at 8:30am in the Fosse meeting room right outside our Vendor Bazaar. Head down towards the Savoy Ballroom area with your photo ID to get your badge, sign your paperwork and get your photo consent ribbon if desired. Registration will be open at this location until 10:30am, 30 minutes into our first class. If you need to register after this time, please head to our security checkpoint outside our Vendor Bazaar near the Savoy Ballroom.
Jake Wing will return to his roots and teach clean “wrap and cinch” western style rope bondage. It’s a style seen in the Hollywood serials and detective magazines and in the pages of Harmony magazines from the previous century. “Damsels” in distress or stalwart heroes, captured by bad guys, struggle in Western style Bondage. We’ll talk a little about the history of the style, and a little about safety. Then Jake will show you the ropes. There will be hands on instruction, so bring a partner and some rope.
Palpation is the skill of gathering information through touch. Learn how to find where those pesky nerves are, which muscles are tight, and how to assess your partner’s state of being without asking “are you ok?” Increasing your palpation skills can also increase connection between top & bottom and body awareness, both of which make for safer and more satisfying play. This class will include several exercises and drills to develop your palpation abilities. Please wear loose clothing and be prepared to participate in group palpation exercises.
Mr Bond vs Mad Genius. Captor & Captive. Super Hero vs Super Villain!
Got the hots for uniforms? Hot and bothered for fantasy interrogations?
Want to rope play games of resistance and questioning? What a great excuse for some bondage and kink play!
In this presentation Midori will discuss the different types of scenes, motivations behind it and how to make it work, how to prepare for them, how to maintain your chosen roles, and how to do it safely.
The “Diamond Tuner” takata kote is American combination of a lot of various Japanese innovations in the box tie. In this class, the creator explains their reasons for choosing this combination of components from the myriad of possibilities to create a highly functional TK. The tie will also be practiced so you can leave able to use it.
Instructional Video of Murphy Blue’s TK Primer available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6656KONoCg
Decompress after your morning classes, gear up for your afternoon classes, and stuff your face in a safe and welcoming environment. Rest assured that if anyone tries to bring any sexism, racism, ableism, sizeism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, hateration, or holleration into our sacred circle, it will be dealt with swiftly.
This event is hosted by David Wraith and open to all people who, despite out prejudices, can not be jerks for up to 90 minutes at a time.
You can sit with us!
I would rather think for myself
Dogma: a settled or established opinion, belief, or principle: the classic dogma of objectivity in scientific observation. Synonyms: conviction, certainty.
NEVER put rope around the neck. Never do drugs & engage in s&m play, Never hit the kidneys with a flogger, Never play with a new partner without knowing their last name…. We have all heard these steadfast NO’s before but… is this the way we should be engaging in our pleasures? This talk will NOT endorse nor condemn any form of play or opinion. We will have a very open & frank discussion on modes of play & what is looked on as doctrine & what is looked at as mere speculation & personal opinion. This is a thinking person’s class. Please come with an open mind & share with everyone why your play is ok & another person’s play is not. This will NOT be about who is right, it will be about how to look at every situation from multiple angles.
Level: All Levels
Requires at least three 25-30 ft. long ropes (6mm or quarter-inch diameter) per pair of students.
Partner required. Bring a mat or a blanket, as you’ll be working on the ground. Natural fiber rope such as jute or hemp strongly recommended.
Abandoning familiar structures, forms and ties can be a daunting endeavor. Yet when we free ourselves from the confines of our familiar systems of restraints, we find new ways of binding, contorting, stressing and engaging our partners. This hands-on and ropes-on workshop seeks to give you the tools to explore bondage outside the box ties, hip harnesses and frog ties we at times become reliant on. By embracing asymmetry and improvisation, this class shows you how to take advantage of your partner’s body in new, unexpected, and inspired ways.
It’s a terrible tragedy to spend so much time tying someone up only to call the scene “done” the second you start untying. This class will explore how to get the most out of your untying, so you can bring your bottom down while still keeping the scene rolling. Hands-on/Demo, all levels (inquire about pre-requisites)
You know what you want: now, how are you going to get it? Learn tools for co-operative, compassionate creation of great experiences. We’ll cover topics to include in negotiations, risks to consider (physical, emotional, social), and how to communicate your fantasies and realities, with your friend of 10 minutes or your partner of 10 years. This workshop is geared towards the needs of new players, and anyone interested in trying new things with partners.
Explore dynamic movement with this minimalistic 3-point rig. This class is hands-on and is self- or partnered-suspension friendly.
- Level: Intermediate (suspension) to advanced.
- Suspension-worthy chest harness (preferred) or TK that can load from the back.
- Support line management skills.
- For people being suspended:
- Body awareness and adequate fitness for a strenuous tie that heavily loads the chest & requires core strength.
- Communication skills.
- 2-3 pieces of ~30 foot rope
- 2-3 piece of ~10-15 foot rope.
- A suspension ring or at least 3 locking carabiners.
“I don’t do rope; it takes too long!” It’s a common refrain heard from people all over. Subtitled “Rope Bondage for the Impatiently Kinky” this class aims to dispel that myth with practical, speedy, and above all erotic techniques for rope. Fast body harnesses to improve your fucklife, methods of handling rope in a sensually effective way, and ideas for to keeping a scene hot from the first wrap to the last tangled ropegasm on the floor. Graydancer, host of the long-running Ropecast on the internet will share all the Great Secrets of Rope in his irreverent and engaging style. Whether you’re an experienced rigger, just took Basic Bondage, or are just curious about this whole “rope” thing, this class will have something in it to help you tie or be tied.
Boots. Rope. Flesh. Are you someone who likes some boot marks among your rope marks? In this class, Parker RopeBoi & MsNaughtyEm will share some of their favorite sexy and sadistic tricks and tips for manipulating bodies using boots and rope for pleasure and pain.
The class will demonstrate and discuss gauging and applying different kinds and amounts of pressure with boots to different body parts, which body parts can handle more or less boot pressure, and how different floor ties and partial/full suspension ties affect the intensity of boot pressure and require different kinds of trampling techniques.
Topics demonstrated might include: standing on a bound or suspended bottom, kicking a bound or suspended bottom, using a hard point for better trampling, bound bootlicking and/or bound bootblacking predicaments, using just boot pressure to immobilize body parts, and/or leaving boot marks without ropes getting in the way.
Screaming, groaning, and laughing are highly likely. Demos aim to inspire you to bring your own style and ideas for integrating boots and rope in a scene. Participants will have time to try out some of these techniques and to explore playing with boots and rope in their own style.
This special interest group is a peership meeting space for anyone who is transgender, nonbinary, agender, genderqueer, or other non-cisgender identities. There will be some icebreaker or get-to-know-you games, and discussions about how to do rope ties to emphasize and de-emphasize different body shapes to create a more feminine, masculine, or androgynous appearance. Mostly this will be a safe fun space for our community to gather.
This event is for transgender people including all non-binary folks and is hosted by Benny Vimes.
Performance with rope is a relatively new art form in this country, and it has its own set of demands that can differ from scening or playing. Come learn how performing can change your negotiation, your connection to your partner, and your experience in the rope. For times when The Show Must Go On, come learn some of the tricks that will make it a success for both you and the audience.
We have all had those days when our bodies, for whatever reason, just won’t cooperate. In the beginning of this class I will go over the multitude of possible reasons this kind of thing can happen. Then we will talk specifically about the changes that we face when age, weight, illness/injury, and even medications are involved. I will talk about my journey and the things that have helped or inspired me and my partner.
- Bound for encasing, binding for restriction in a scene, binding for chastity in a rope scene.
- Bondage to amplify the male bottoms submission and sensory experience.
- Rope used to render the bottom in a sensual surrender and sexually unusable restricted manner.
- Asymmetrical ties and binds used to put the bottom in a state of unrest with the illusion of some control of the out come of the scene.
- That flight or escape is possible, a play on predicament bondage.
Anyone interested in learning more about the role of Consent Rocks at ROPECRAFT is invited to come ask questions about the team in general & hopefully receive answers that satisfy their curiosity! Meet some members of the team and learn what they do at ROPECRAFT and other events. If you’re interested, you can even ask how you can learn to do it too!
This Special Interest Group is headed by Iron Temple Dog, head of the Consent.Rocks team at ROPECRAFT Chicago and one of the original developers of this model of supporting consent in kink culture at events.
Check out their website at http://www.consent.rocks
So much of the art of desire and seduction – and experiencing that hot
scene – happens without words!
Would you like to attract that dominant you find so sexy?
Do you want to seduce surrender from a place of submission?
Want to effectively project elegant submission or sleek dominance during the scene?
What to shift the feel of the scene from ho-hum to Wow?
Learn nonverbal skills deepen the power exchange during play. Tired of wasting time on unwanted attention or setting boundaries against thoughtless or casual disrespect of limits?
Gain communication techniques for flirting in social occasions, or effective mid-scene comportment. Come and practice with Midori!
This class is open to all – and especially geared towards anyone who inhabits any female, woman, or feminine identity or mindset on an ongoing or selected moments…
Lecture & slideshow.
In this class, Jim & Sophia address and break down the necessary factors in the creation and execution of a successful suspension. We’ll look at basic body structure, focusing on using contours and strengths to an advantage while minimizing the stress placed on more fragile structures. We’ll show you how to work with gravity and use basic physics to get a body up into the air by working smarter, not harder, while minimizing physical harm to everyone’s back.
What do you do when your rope partner faints? How does it feel to cut rope under tension? Does your cutting tool actually cut? What if the lights go out? What do you do when up-lines jam?
We’ll give some thought to how to handle disasters if you’re bound as well. What if your rigger faints?
We’re going to try to answer all of these questions and more. We’ll have an indestructible “rope bottom”, so we can make mistakes and learn from them so we won’t make the same mistakes when it counts.
This will be a hands-on interactive workshop where everyone that wants to will have a chance to test themselves in adversity. Come drill on the bad things that can happen, so when the real thing happens, we’ll know what to do.
What to Bring: Rope kit of at least 4 x 8m ropes, at least 3 rated karabiners
This hands-on class focuses on a specific, crucial element of any suspension: how to tie off the suspension lines. The class will teach several different options for how to tie off suspension lines and discuss the pros and cons of each option, and when/where/why/with whom someone might select a particular suspension line tie-off as more appropriate than another. Weighing and balancing the relative risks of security/solidity vs. quick-release in a given specific context will be a key emphasis. The class will teach not just different knots, but also location/positioning, and tying techniques. We will briefly address the concept of line management and keeping suspension lines organized. The material taught in this class will include some standard tie-offs used frequently in partner suspensions, as well as some less common tie-offs, including some “quickest-release” tie-offs that Parker RopeBoi uses primarily in self-suspensions, which has a different risk profile than partner suspensions. Please note: Tops are welcome to attend this class without bottoms and can learn and practice all of the taught tie-offs with an inanimate object such as a chair or backpack. Self-tyers are also welcome. This class contains no information about bottoming being tied.
Forget the “rules” you’ve have learned for shibari and hojojistu. This class covers a number of ties that we have deconstructed based on photos and drawings by some of the pioneering names in modern kinbaku like Reiko Kita, Seiu Ito, and more. We want to stress that this class will not be a history lesson or breakdown of any particular school of kinbaku. It’s about an aesthetic we enjoy.
We teach this class assuming participants adhere to the RACK or PRICK philosophy. While this is advanced class the ties are not necessarily difficult to tie, they can be strenuous for the bottom. We expect tops and bottoms to understand advanced bondage concepts such as why ties work, body machanics, and body awareness.
- Advanced (top AND bottom) Interactive tying.
- Participants will need 5 – 6 pieces of rope.
- Knowing how to tie a single column, reverse tension, frictions, and cinches along with knowledge of body mechanics is required.
- Two 3 to 4 foot lengths of 1 inch bamboo (or other similar strength poles) might be helpful.
Whatever your rigging problem, weaving is probably the answer! This class will teach a gorgeous, suspension-worthy chest harness that illustrates weaving techniques, as well as discussing & demonstrating weaving as a general concept that can be integrated into many common ties. Weaving makes your harnesses more comfortable & sustainable, helps maintain tension while keeping bondage flat, and creates a sleek & sexy aesthetic… while also being easy to learn & execute! Chest harness variations for showcasing breasts, or for flat chests/de-emphasizing breasts, will be shown. Depending on time, a hip harness and side-suspension sequence using these harnesses may also be covered.
Level: Beginning to intermediate. This class is self-tying friendly, however the chest harness is an intermediate to advanced level self-tie that requires being able to tie high behind your back.
Pre-requisites: Basic rope handling skills, single column tie
Supplies: 2-3 pieces of ~30 foot rope, 1 piece of ~10-15 foot rope. 6mm recommended, no larger than 8mm.
Ever heard someone say ‘Well, just add more rope!’ when speaking of tying larger people? That’s all well and good, but it matters greatly where and how that extra rope is added. Size does not determine what makes a good rope bottom, or what one is able to do in rope!
We’ll talk about ways to address differences both on the floor and in the air, as well as extensive discussion on bottoming skills regardless of size.
- Type: Theory/tie-along
- Materials: Rope (3-10 ~30ft lengths recommended)
- Skills needed: Single column
(Demo/Discussion, All Skill Levels taught)
Hot threesomes & foursomes are the root of many sexual fantasies in the Nilla world and they grow in intensity tenfold when they hit the mind of kinky rope pervs! Join Lochai and XXXX as we discuss how to set up and enact hot dual (multi) rigger scenes. There are many factors to take into account when additional hands and bodies join in on the fun. Skill levels of both the tops and the bottoms need to be taken into account when ropes and ties are shared between multiple partners in a single scene. We’ll demonstrate various play situations, discuss the factors they introduce, and share a few stories along the way.
All you need to know is a single column tie and you can turn it into safe harnesses for simple suspensions. Giotto will teach you: how to do easy lifts that are easily adaptable to body size, how to attach and tie off anchor ropes, how to avoid nerve damage, dropping your partner and other safety considerations, making adjustments in mid suspension to increase time in the air, bringing your partner down safely, and how tying for suspension differs from tying for floor work.
Nerve impingement. Numbness. Wrist drop. Etc. In tying we know we take risks, as tops and bottoms, but do we really understand what’s happening if we encounter these injuries? Understanding how an injury occurs and what is happening inside our bodies can both help riggers and bottoms respond appropriately in the case of an injury and work together to modify ties to the bottom in ways that may help prevent that injury in the first place. This class will go over the causes and processes of common injuries, such as wrist drop and numbness, the signs that an injury may be occurring, and why certain parts of the anatomy are more vulnerable to damage than others.
Special events hosted by ROPECRAFT attendees and presenters will be offered as daytime and evening activities in addition to playtime in our sex-positive Dungeon spaces. Look for a great big cuddle pile! A ropebottom’s roundtable! A cigar smoker! A geek meetup/board games! A pet play get-together! A self-suspension jam and much, much more!
Graydancer’s Cabaret is an environment of casual entertainment with both professional acts and amusing amateurs lending their skills, talents and the occasional pun to the stage. You’ll see rope and much, much more! Prepare to be amazed and amused!
Have hidden (or widely exhibited) talents? Interested in performing in this vaudeville-style stage show? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Guaranteed to be fun for the whole fami- well, fun for the whole 18+ consenting adult community of ROPECRAFT Chicago attendees anyway. Hope to see you there!
We all have a huge range of skills and abilities we bring to our scenes. But too often we hear amazing bottoms focus on what they can’t do. Whether your elbows touch or inversions make your lightheaded, you have things you bring to rope and recognizing those can help you and your top to build better scene. This class will be a facilitated discussion on how we find our own strengths in rope and approach our bottoming and negotiations from a place of “here’s what I can do” instead of “here’s what I can’t.”
This form finds its roots in the Sake Barrel tie from Osada Steve. In 2007 Mark took the original tie that finished at the waist and modified it to catch
the legs, which made it more stable and functional whilst still retaining the key elements of the original tie, this tie was called the “DV8 Hojo Hishi”.
The “DV8 Hojo Hishi – Air” is a new adaptation, where Mark has integrated the 2 Rope TK seamlessly into the Hojo Hishi form to create a suspension gote that is eminently functional as well as beautiful.
What to Bring: At least 8 x 8m ropes
Requisite Skills: 2 rope takate kote
Over the last three years Naiia has been working on her mental health through various ways. Some of these ways (like medication) have made her journey in rope seem almost impossible. In this class she will discuss the practices she has adopted to help her learn to deal with pain, disappointment and ultimately some of the lies depression tells her. She will discuss finding her peace in and love of rope again.
Pain is usually our bodies’ way of telling us something is wrong. It stimulates instinctual reactions to avoid, flee, recoil and get away. A lot of S/m play begins with a mastery of pain and how to manage it and let it become some juicy, delicious, endorphin producing elixir. This workshop will be an effort to find the right types of pain for your scene and how to produce that with rope. We will talk about pain to avoid and pain to languish and wallow in. Ties that can cause endurance or gradual pain and those that will strike immediately. When I began my journey in rope it was a means to immobilize someone only, my first mentor changed that by showing me many ways that the pain and S/m can come from just the rope in a variety of delicious ways.
How to choose lengths of rope & how to tie with speed & accuracy which for many bottoms enhances their pleasure. This class will show you many ways to improve your confidence & abilities which in turn will reduce the amount of time it will take to solidly secure your rope partner. Being “faster” is not the goal of this class but conservation of energy & time is…
When you enter the “Rope Scene”, you sometimes see an amazing rope artist doing their thing and think, “I wanna be just like them!!” But do you really? Is there only one path to rope greatness? This discussion shows some of the different paths that exist in doing rope, as well as the desires of some of the practitioners of those paths. In doing so, you may be able to find what you want out of rope, without getting burnt out by expectations from an undesirable path.
Floorwork is hard. It doesn’t have the innate risk and thrill of suspension which means the creation of an exciting scene is up to the participants. That makes floor work a great opportunity to use imagination, presence, and body mechanics and truly “fly on the floor.” This class will briefly explore the dynamic arc of a floor work scene such negotiation, preparation, execution (er, I mean, “casting/receiving”), and aftercare. However, the majority of the class will be spent in hands-on techniques exploring sensations and transitions between forms using various bondage techniques along with body mechanics and momentum.
There will be three demos – The Japanese Braid, The Ring Tie, And The Tube Tie Bondage to contain, control and change the wearers perception in the scene. Hair used not just to bind and control head movement but to alter perception in the scene. These ties can be added into your scene or be stand alone mini scenes.
Stemming from the Chicago Rope Bottoming Roundtable, we would like to offer a similar format at ROPECRAFT. All people who identify as bottoms, or models, are welcome to join in at this open, positive, and safe discussion space. We will likely not have only one topic, but would like to keep the discussion open and flowing, and to answer as many questions as we can.
We’ll have some “tips” for bottoming and our own experiences to share. We cordially invite you to bring yours as well so we can all help each other out!
Who is this for: This Special Interest Group is for all people who identify as models, or rope bottoms!
Who is facilitating: _Jei_ and MedullaOblogata of the Chicago Rope Bottoming Roundtable and -Magnolia- of the soon-to-be-launched Bottom Talk Podcast!
What to bring: Yourself!
The care and conditioning of rope for Bondage use is a dedicated service craft similar to bootblacking for leather. This course will start with an overview of different rope types and discuss the trade-offs for each when used for erotic bondage. Conditioning methods, finishing techniques and long-term care conclude this overview. A demo of a simple rope making technique enhances this discussion.
So, you’ve got yourself a rope top… For a scene, or, weekend, or a lifetime. How can you do your part to make things good for them. This class will talk about understanding the psychology and physiology of rigging and how to utilize that in order to be a better partner before, during, and after a scene. Learn how to give back physically and emotionally to those who give so much to us.
Rope and knots can be a great fetish without actually restricting someone’s movement any more than normal clothing. You can have fun dressing your partner up or dressing yourself up. Rope can be something you wear out just to show your inclination or to create a fetish ensemble when you “have nothing to wear”.This class will offer building blocks to creating sexy rope wear. You can incorporate these tools into other bondage ties, or use them by themselves as a fashion statement. Emphasis will be on learning a few basics and then encouraging creativity.
Please bring a couple of lengths of rope from 12 – 30 feet in length.
You do not need a partner for this class but for some exercises you will be paired up with other people in the class. Time permitting we will demonstrate a rope corset that functions. No experience necessary. All sexes, genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations, relationship orientations welcome and celebrated.
There are a lot of things we talk about in kink, but we don’t often talk about our families. Whether we’re trying to pass in the vanilla world or out to everyone we know and helping run the show with a personal assistant under the age of three, being a kinky parent is a unique situation with a lot of taboo, secrecy and curiosity attached. Come share your journey or listen to others share theirs or ask questions if you’re wondering about how it all works!
This is a support space for folks who happen to be both kinky and parents, and an “Ask Me Anything” for anybody curious about what that looks like. This is not a Littles meetup/space – We mean vanilla parenthood. It is hosted by Internationally Famous Kink Educator Diamond Blue and dusty old book Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum.
Once upon a time I was under the impression that rope was nice. Happily I learned otherwise, and now you can too! We’ll explore pain, breath and stamina. Calf ties, face ties, and breath constriction, oh my! Type: Tie-along Materials: Rope (1-5 ~30ft lengths recommended) Skills needed: Single column tie, basic hitches
Futomo-who? Takate go-where? Want to just tie someone up and do terrible and / or wonderful things to them? Come to this class to learn some fun sexy rope stuff that you can do that doesn’t require a master’s degree in shibari. All. Interactive tying. Participants will need 5 – 6 pieces of rope. Knowing how to tie a single column will be helpful but covered.
This class shows how you can move through a broad variety of fun, sexy, quirky, comfortable, and/or torturous partial suspension positions, in order to create a long-lasting, enjoyable rope scene. The class uses just the fundamental components of single-column ties and some sort of box tie or chest harness; some prior experience with tying suspension lines (for partial and/or full suspension) is highly recommended. Partial suspension means that some of a person’s body is being supported by ropes attached to a suspension point, while some of that person’s body is supported by touching the floor. Compared to full suspensions, partial suspensions generally are sustainable for much longer, because not all of one’s body weight is being held up by the ropes, so the rope does not dig in as much and there is often less strain on muscles, connective tissues, and skin, and less impediment of nerve function, circulation and/or breathing. Partial suspensions can offer a broader variety of options for positions and play. Slight adjustments in line heights and tie placements can make significant differences in body positions and range of mobility, can make certain body parts more or less accessible, can make someone very restrictively bound or able to wriggle about while tethered in place, can alternate between challenging torturous ties and the respite of more comfortable bondage positions, can punctuate a sustainable partial suspension with moments of intensity, and can create exciting predicaments. Transitioning smoothly through different partial suspension positions can make for a long-lasting rope scene that changes up the pressure and positions, keeps things interesting, and doesn’t exhaust any one body part. Before any uncomfortable pressure on one part gets to be too much, we’ve already shifted into a new, different position that relieves pressure on that body part and puts pressure onto different body parts and creates different rope sensations and play possibilities.
Learn to tie Giotto’s own fusion TK that he uses in his many performances. This three rope TK is well structured and easy to tension properly. It is quick(ish) to tie and has been tested under fire as one of the most sustainable suspension chest harnesses that many rope models have encountered.*Intermediate Class *Prereq: Good rope handling skills. Solid single column ties
There’s been a lot of research on effective warm-up, conditioning, and stretching. Much of what we thought we knew years ago is probably wrong!
This class provides an overview of the science on injury prevention and warm-up, particularly focusing on stretching. After reviewing the general principles, we’ll have an opportunity to run through a warm-up, some conditioning and core exercises, and both static and dynamic stretches. Every body is different. Understanding the research, and your goals/intentions, will help you design a routine that works for you.
This is a body-positive class that can be modified for a spectrum of physical abilities, and explores these topics as an optional addition to your bondage skillset.
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Pre-requisites: Body and health awareness to participate safely at a level that’s appropriate for your body.
Cannon’s “Fishbone Harness” is an advanced skill-level chest harness which attractively binds the bottom’s arms in front of their torso. It is ideal for those with limited flexibility and injuries, as well as those looking for alternatives to harnesses which bind the arms behind the back. It is suitable for intimate floorwork as well as suspension. This is a complicated tie with many steps, requiring highly proficient rope handling. Novices and intermediate-level students may find the tie to be challenging to follow along with, but are welcome to observe. At least three 25-30′ lengths of rope and a partner is required. Tying this harness with rope thicker than 8mm (5/16″) is very difficult.
Level: Advanced Requires four 25-30 ft. long ropes (about quarter-inch diameter) per pair of students. A short half-length piece will likely be helpful as well. Partner required Prerequisite knowledge: Single column tie, very proficient rope handling and tension.
Play that has a risk and reward, you choose which. Taking control but giving a choice, but the good is just as diabolical as the bad is devious. Slight of hand in the underhanded sweet torment of play that is a tug of war and a battle of wills. Playing with switches is delicious fun. But letting them make their own torments more wicked, is a sadist dream.
We all have our own tricky or problem body parts that sometimes keep us from enjoying certain kinds of bondage for as long as we want. This class is designed to help identify the “prime culprit”. Focusing on body awareness, learn how to pick which limits to push and which limits to respect. No matter what your body type or experience level, using stretches and conditioning exercises specific to your body’s needs will increase your enjoyment and decrease the chance of injury during bondage play. Please wear loose clothing.
Ropedancing, or “kombatku” is a style of rope bondage that comingles the dynamic interaction of rough body play with the elegant fashioning of Japanese influenced rope bondage. Part rhythm, part movement, part control, part fluid dynamics, this class is a high-paced exploration into a type of rope where both participants are willing to get down and dirty, and are willing to assume a higher level of risk than simply kneeling and tying patterns. Let’s get violent, shall we?
This is kind of a support group for people currently working as sex educators (whether volunteered or paid). This group is hosted by Graydancer and Naiia and looking for people who have had to work with conventions, venues, groups, etc, to talk about our experiences and strategies for meeting challenges in the future.
Ok, really, it’s a bitchfest. But there will be cookies.
This intermediate class covers some of the forms that aren’t chest or hip harnesses. This includes the “surf” portion: ebi (shrimp) and kanI (crab) shibari as well as the “turf”: a hogtied based off of a basic agura (cross-legged) shibari tie. Time permitting, we cover the basic momo (peach) shibari as dessert! Participants should be competent with knots, frictions, and rope handling skills and should be able to complete basic ties such as single and double column ties and a basic chest harness. Intermediate. Interactive tying. Participants will need 5 – 6 pieces of rope. Knowing how to tie a single column, reverse tension, frictions, and cinches is required
Come on over to the bar for some meeting, drinking*, and greeting with your fellow Hitchin’ Bitches from across the continent! With a full weekend of classes behind you, and the Ropenspace ahead, there will surely be lots to talk about. If you’re a past, present, and future members of Hitchin’ Bitches are welcome to join us!
We request that you respect the ethos of Hitchin’ Bitches and not use this gathering as a pickup space.
* If you are kinky and sober, we hope that you will still join us for socializing. We pledge to be supportive of everyone’s boundaries – no means no, no questions asked.
This special event is hosted by our ROPECRAFT presenter, MrsB.
Special events hosted by ROPECRAFT attendees and presenters will be offered as daytime and evening activities in addition to playtime in our sex-positive Dungeon spaces. Look for a great big cuddle pile! A ropebottom’s roundtable! A cigar smoker! A geek meetup/board games! A pet play get-together! A self-suspension jam and much, much more!
Evil-icious & lighthearted tournament for savvy & playful bondage aficionados, featuring outrageous challenges and silly sabotages sold by your devious and perverted host Shay! To emerge victorious, contestants will have to survive 3 rounds of tying challenges… and each other! In Cutthroat Dungeon, sabotage isn’t only encouraged – it’s for sale, as contestants bid on items that they may use to cause their fellow competitors considerable consternation. Judged by the Ropecraft audience and a surprise guest judge, the winners of this contest will get bragging rights as the “most cutthroat, creative, and captivating” rope folks at Ropecraft! All participants will proceed through all rounds of the contest, with a winner declared each round, and an overall champion crowned at the end!
Interested in participating? Awesome! Please send an e-mail to email@example.com! Participation is self-tying or in couples or triads; producers cannot pair people up. If you are unpartnered and want to participate with a cohort, you’re welcome to post to the Ropecraft group to find a willing accomplice!
Imagine a room full of people sharing one passion: rope bondage. Students, teachers, enthusiasts, tops, bottoms, newbies, “Old Knotty” types. All together in the same place.
Imagine the freedom to ask all of them – the entire room – any question you had about rope. Imagine being able to tell them about your particular passion – suspension, predicament, cbt, performance, left-handed traditional Celtic weaves.
Whatever it is, they want to hear you share it.
And they’re going to share their passions, too. Japanese bondage. Arms-free chest harnesses. Orgasmic hip weaves. Agonizing torture ties. Leather and rope and service and sex and consent and nasal passage predicament play.
Yeah. That actually happened.
Imagine a space where instead of the staff telling you what to learn, they ask ”What do you want to do?” And then help you figure out how to do it.
Imagine a space where all this happens for hours, classes changing into discussions flowing into skillshares with rope, rope, and more rope.
That’s what a ROPENSPACE is. Twisted View and his staff will facilitate it at ROPECRAFT, and it will be the same as the last two times: a completely unique experience custom-made to fit your interests, your skills, your passion. Of course, there is one thing that you have to do to make sure that happens:
You have to be there.
So…what passion will you bring to the Ropenspace in Chicago?
We’ll formally close ROPECRAFT Chicago with a closing ceremony to say goodbye to our Rope Family until next time. There will be giveaways! There will be puns! There may be a few tears, as we’ll miss you all. The ceremony is hosted early enough in the day that folks who need to leave Monday evening can still make it, but don’t worry. The ROPECRAFT Afterparty continues till the stroke of Midnight on Monday night!