Materials - Hemp Rope

by Master David (Kentucky)
August 2001

Used by permission


Introduction

I've been using hemp rope, almost exclusively for a few years now,  I've found that it appeals to the artist in me, and, as much as anything else, I love the smell of it, and use it's natural odor as a focus point for my submissive before I tie,, (if it does get her "high" it's not the THC that does it).

I use different thickness of it from 6 mm to 12 mm depending on what I'm doing, although for general use I use 8 mm. I generally prepare it before I use it. It comes raw, so I cut it to length, and "whip" the ends,,(any other old boy scouts here?).

To Condition or Soften the Rope

To simply condition the rope in order to soften it up, just put it in the washer with detergent and fabric softener, then dry. Make sure the rope is dry. It takes longer than you think in the dryer.

Coloring Hemp Rope
If I am going to color the hemp rope, I bleach it to try to remove as much as the raw green color as possible..then I rinse it,,and dye it using liquid fabric dye, which I've added salt to, and have heated in a large stock pot. After it is dyed and cooled and rinsed (hint: use vinegar in the first rinse to set the dye), I throw it into the washing machine on a warm /cold setting using regular detergent and fabric softener.

Then it goes into the dryer until it is dry,,,the result is a wonderful..softened rope,,,in my favorite color!! Again it takes longer than you might think to dry.

My supplier is Pan World Traders out of Santa Cruz, California (1-800-973-4367) they sell the stuff by the kilo, in two kilo rolls (not too expensive either). It is a European twisted rope,, not a Japanese woven rope, but it gets the job done until I can get a cheap supply of the good stuff!!

Yours in rope

Master David (Kentucky)


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