of Japanese rope

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Fundamentals of Japanese Rope is a two-month series designed to give you the tools you need to start tying in the Japanese style of rope (aka shibari or kinbaku). The program consists of two courses, Fundamentals I and II. Each course runs four consecutive weeks on Monday nights from 8pm to 10pm. We alternate courses each month, and the courses may be taken in any sequence and at any time.



Fundamentals I: Expression &

This class focuses on intentional communication through and about rope. By deconstructing and reconstructing a single pattern, students will explore how to collaboratively create, analyze, and improve rope scenes.

Upcoming classes


6th, 13th, 20th and 27th


2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd


Fundamentals II:
Form & Movement

This class focuses on efficient tying and body movement. Students will learn footwork, body manipulation, rope handling, and how to build stable patterns in rope using tension, frictions, and other basic techniques.

Upcoming classes


3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th


2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd



The cost of each four-week class is $150 per tying pair. The cost of the course also includes free admission to our Introduction to Japanese Rope class (held monthly prior to our Common Ground event) for two people.

Cash, Venmo, and other payment options are accepted. A limited number of reduced price registration slots are available each course. To request an alternative payment method or reduced cost pricing, please contact us.


This class meets Monday evenings from 8pm-10pm. See the registration section below for more information. Please enroll only if you can commit to attending all four sessions. The material is cumulative from session to session.


No previous rope experience is necessary. Students should be comfortable tying in front of other students and being observed. All attendees must be 18 or older. You must have a government-issued ID verifying your age to be admitted.


For Fundamentals I, we ask that all students bring at least one (1) length of medium-diameter natural-fiber rope, such as jute or hemp. For Fundamentals II, please bring at least three (3) lengths of rope.

We offer individual 8m (~25ft) pieces of processed and conditioned premium 6mm (1/4in) Ogawa jute for purchase at a discounted price of $25 per rope along with your course registration. Any ropes purchased along with course registration will be available for pick up at the first class. We also have rope for sale at all of our events.


You must attend our Fundamentals courses with a partner. Because our classes deal with highly personal material, we recommend that you attend with someone you trust and feel comfortable working closely with both physically and emotionally. We ask that you stay with the same partner for the duration of each four-week course, but you do not need to take both Fundamentals I and II with the same partner. Each class is limited to a total of 8 tying pairs.

Dress Code

The dress code at all Chicago Rope events is rope casual. Casual means something you would feel comfortable wearing shopping, running errands, or in any other conventional public space. Clothing that would not be appropriate in public spaces, such as fetish gear, is not a good fit for our events.

The rope part is a suggestion to wear something suitable for moving around, being on the floor, and physically interacting. Many people find that yoga or fitness-oriented clothing works well. Business suits or other kinds of more formal dress are generally not ideal.

Please note that Outerspace Studios is a no-shoes venue. We ask that you remove your shoes at the top of stairs prior to entering the studio.


Our studios at Outerspace are at the top of a long flight of stairs and have no elevator. We regret that this limits access to our events. We are happy to provide whatever accommodations we are able to. Please contact us directly for more information.


Our events are held at Outerspace Studios in Wicker Park, directly above Volumes bookstore. The Damen blue line stop is very close to the studio.

When you arrive, press the button for “Sun Studio” and you will be buzzed in. The studio is up the stairs and to the right. The venue requires that shoes be removed at the top of the stairs prior to entering the studio.

Parking can be difficult in this neighborhood but often can be found on Milwaukee or on the streets surrounding the park. We recommend that those who are driving allow at least 15 minutes extra time to find parking.

Please note that Outerspace Studio is not wheelchair accessible. Entering the studio requires ascending a long flight of stairs.