Bondage rope by erin houdini
Frequently asked questions

Who is erin houdini?

She's a rope mistress and anti-escape artist, based in Brooklyn where she runs her business, tears apart computers and sheetrock, and plays at gender, sexuality, and consent activism. Check out her expanded portfolio on FetLife, and don't be afraid to say hi!


What's your contact info?

Email: erinhoudini@erinhoudini.com
Phone: 862-200-ROPE

Getting started with rope

What are the common types of bondage rope?

Synthetics such as nylon are soft, durable, and inexpensive. Natural fiber ropes such as hemp or jute have good grip and photograph well, but are expensive, rough, and higher maintenance. Cotton is cheap, but wears poorly. For more detailed information, see my guide to the different types of rope.


What lengths do I need?

I strongly recommend the 30' and 15' lengths featured in my sets, as they offer great versatility without the clumsiness of ropes that are too long, or the confusion of trying to pick from too many different lengths. For more detailed information, see my guide to the different types of rope.


How do I learn to tie?

Check out my bondage lessons page or my instructional bondage videos on Kink Academy! Getting out to your local rope group is always recommended as well.


Bondage rope care

How do I wash my rope?

Synthetic rope can go in the washing machine along with your regular color wash (if it's your first wash, some dye may run, but this is actually pretty rare). Hemp rope should be washed by hand with a gentle detergent like Woolite. Either can go in the dryer on low heat, though hanging to dry is preferable.


Will my rope weaken or fade over time?

Colors shouldn't fade, unless left in the sun too long. Excessive washing can weaken rope, so only wash if it absolutely needs it. Repeated heavy friction on a narrow section of rope will wear it down it faster than normal. If you think your ropes aren't holding up like they should be, contact me.


What"s the best way to store rope?

Bundle it up and keep it somewhere away from moisture or sunlight. Do NOT daisy-chain your rope (especially not hemp rope) for storage, as this can leave your rope awkwardly kinked up.


Production process

What is your turnaround time?

Production was limited while Erin returned to full health, so the queue is currently 4-8 weeks as back orders are filled. If you state a delivery deadline, I will try my best to meet it, and will refund the order payment without question if I cannot get you the rope in time. All orders are shipped out via USPS Priority Mail in a plain box.


How do you make your rope?

My synthetic ropes are custom braided by my manufacturers to be as soft as possible. I cut them to length from the spool, run them through a non-toxic dye process in my kitchen, hand-wash them with a detergent designed to remove any excess dye, then hang them to dry.


How are your ends finished?

A section of synthetic rope is partially melted, then I cut across it cleanly using titanium coated shears, resulting in ends that are light, compact, and durable.


Where does your rope originally come from?

I use several manufacturers from around the US. Raw nylon varies between domestic and imported, but all rope is processed by me in Brooklyn.


Store policy

My order hasn't arrived yet, has it been lost?

Due to a severe mental health crisis, Erin missed a lot of work time in 2014-2015, and some orders have gone unfilled for much longer than the stated lead time. I assure you though that your order has not been lost, and that I'm doing my best to get caught up. Please don't hesitate to contact me at 862-200-ROPE to check in on your order status and request a delivery deadline.


How does your pricing work?

Stock sets are offered at a discount, while custom orders start at $0.625/ft. Adding a second color is only $10 extra, but there is a $30 minimum per color on custom orders due to the labor involved.


The rope I want isn't listed, can you make it?

Probably! I can usually match a color if it isn't listed, and I can get custom diameters or braids from my manufacturers. Longer turnaround times apply.


Can you mail actual physical samples to me?

Yes, as long as it's only a few colors or pieces. A nominal shipping and handling fee applies.


Do you sell your rope wholesale or in bulk?

Since my rope is hand-processed, I unfortunately can"t do this right now.


Do you accept direct credit card payments?

I currently do not, but this will hopefully happen at some point.


Who built your site?

Me! I did it from the ground up, did all the code (no templates or content management systems), and did all the graphics and photographs.