One of the best things about shibari is that the lengths of the rope you use are reasonably short and manageable.
This means you don’t have to waste tremendous amounts of time pulling through enormous lengths of rope and risk getting it tangled around your feet, making you look silly.
That said, you do need to add on additional lengths from time to time, so this post shows how to do that.
One handed, no less.
THE LARKS HEAD
First, take your bight.
Second, put your thumb and forefinger through the middle of your bight
Next, use your thumb and forefinger to reach down and around the trailing length of rope
A good trick is to maintain the grip on the trailing end, and brush your hand against your leg, using the friction from that movement to force the upper loop down over your trailing end.
This creates the simplest of slip knots, a Larks Head
Slide that larks head over the trailing ends of your previous piece of rope, tighten it down, and you now have a much longer length.
It should be noted that the Lark’s Head can slide; it actually doesn’t happen much when you have it compressed onto a natural fibre rope like jute (because it has plenty of tooth) but it does happen occasionally, and will definitely happen on synthetic rope (which is slippery). To be honest, I’ll cheerfully use just this simple slip knot when I’m doing bedroom bondage with jute, because it really doesn’t move much.
However, for times when you want a more secure join, or if you’re using synthetic rope, there’s an additional trick to completely stop it from sliding.
THE SHEET BEND
If you turn your Lark’s Head over, you get a view like this one.
Using your thumb and forefinger, force those two bands apart and backwards.
Keep forcing them back against the previous rope, continuing to widen that distance.
Eventually, it will end up looking like this.
Once it looks like that, pull both lengths of rope firmly, tightening down the knot. You now have a completed Sheet Bend, and it won’t slip or go anywhere.
And yes, this does work perfectly well with synthetic ropes, too.