Burlington Bowline

Updated: MAY 7, 2018

The Burlington bowline is a type of single column tie. It is often used to bind body parts in BDSM bondage scenes.

The Burlington bowline was developed by a rope enthusiast known as Tracker.

A Burlington bowline can be used on its own to restrict movements. It can also form a good anchor point for other ties and harnesses. As it won’t collapse, like many ties do, a Burlington bowline is also ideal for tying a submissive to a bed or chair, for example.

More About Burlington Bowline

Like other single column ties, the Burlington bowline creates a column wrapped around whatever part of the body it ties. You might create a short column around an ankle or wrist, or a longer column around an arm or leg, for example. It is meant for tying up a single body part. If you try to use a Burlington bowline to tie two wrists together, for example, it’s unlikely to hold.

To create a Burlington bowline, double a length of rope over on itself. Take the doubled-over end, known as the bight, and lay it against the part of your submissive’s body you want to bind. Then wrap the rope around this body part at least twice. Turn the bight at a right angle over these two wraps, then tuck it underneath the wraps. Pulling the bight, rather than pushing it, is the most effective technique. Move the bight to the right-angle position again, then make a loop with the free end of the rope. Thread the bight through this loop, then tuck it underneath the wrapped rope again. Thread the bight through the loop twice more and pull the loose end to close the loop and complete the Burlington bowline.

Since it lies flat against the skin, the Burlington bowline is less likely to dig into the skin and impact nerves and blood flow than some other knots. That makes it a great knot for beginners. However, dominants should still monitor their tied-up submissive closely. If their skin becomes white or blue or they feel tingly or numb, the tie should be removed.


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