Friday, October 29, 2010

Violin clef / Treble clef (knot)

I am interested in shibari art alias nawa-shibari. That is a reason why I write an article which describes how we can use rope for decorative purposes on human body.

My first article is about violin clef knot alias treble clef knot and his variations. 9 usefull knots used instead The Munder Hitch.
Article contains:
1) Violin clef / Treble clef (knot) - start here!
2) Violin clef (Treble clef) variations: Descriptions
3) Violin clef (Treble clef) - tutorials
4) Violin clef - conclusion

Treble clef
My first article is about violin clef knot alias treble clef knot and his variations. I give it its name because of his shape partially similar to mark of treble clef.

Remember you can click on any image to enlarge it. The most important think of this article is a table of variations, which contains properties of treble knots.

What is it?
9 usefull knots used instead The Munder Hitch. Same as Munter Hitch and Harper's Crossing hitch. Violin clef is formed of Harper's Crossing hitch. Harper describes it:

"This 'knot' is commonly used in Japanese ropework, wherever one rope crosses over another at a right-angle, or something close to one. You don't see it so often in Western-style bondage."

I've make some decorative improvement

What you need
You need an extra rope to tie person's legs, hands or to pass it around waist. In shibari we usually use folded rope so we have two lines of rope. In this article I call it main line. With another piece of rope we will make a knot with a bight. Bight is 1) name of final product 2) in descriptions how to tie bight is the point where is middle of the folded rope. Than means yes - you need to fold it.

Naming knot variations alias keywords

Every knot has a simple description how to tie it. The description is contained in three keywords. See table
First word says weather we cross rope under or over. Combi - means I have combinated both under and over and under variation. At start we cross over. When we have basic pattern then we give it under main rope.
Second word says weather we go directly to hole (loop) or we go to the hole from opposite site. In the other case we need to make a twist of bight to get loop there.
Third word says weather we do one wrap or two wraps. The second wrap is decorative. See later.


Basic pattern tutorial
This is basic pattern, alias the "UNDER DIRECT single" variation.

First cross UNDER.

Then get the right rope of loop to form a wrap:

Take the right rope and pull it up and out of you.

You make a turn. The right part or rope is now back.

 It's just a turn of loop.

180° loop makes a wrap (the red thread)

Basic pattern before I start knotting.

I'll show you later how to loose a bight to get the rope for loop.

Now I go UNDER main rope.

And I take the loop to pull it DIRECT through the bight.

Now tighten. It is top look.

And this is bottom (see the main rope twist).

Loosing the rope

If your loop is too short or you want to make another loop.

This image shows a mistake, I released the upper loop of bight. But it is simple to make S shape loop again as on the second image up.

A tool for making wraps

Now I show you a single tool. You need 12 seconds to make double wrap pattern. But this is only for UNDER variations (revert for OVER variations). You stab your finger from right to the hole. But important is correct side of loop. You need the loop crosses line of working end at 90° from bottom. This video need flash player. If have none, download.

Original Violin clef pattern tutorial
The original Violin clef, alias the "OVER DIRECT single" variation.

Now attention. To bind a original violin key you will cross OVER.

And then give the bight OVER main rope.

Now pull the rope through hole of bight. Of sure you must go under main rope to reach bight.

This is original Violin clef. Done.

      Bottom look.

Complete variations

We learned how to tie basic pattern.  I will show you other variations in another article. Now here is table if knots hat wait for us. You can download the table and publish it any where you wont, just don't forgot to mention where you take it from.

This knots I found by myself, I don't know if somebody else uses them. But is you start to use them, I'd like to know that you think about them and if you like them. I like it because it's just a game with rope.

My name is Johan an I am author of this article.

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