ND's Twelve Steps to Making an Initiation Rope.
My experience with making the rope was so thoroughly amusing that I had to share it. And also LadyPhoenix said I had to because she was on the phone with me while I was making it and she was laughing at me the whole time.
Step 1. Remembering how to braid. This required some thought since I haven't braided anything ever pretty much. So... with some assistance and laughter from Ms. Phoenix, I was able to start braiding the rope, after tying off one end, cause i don't have a sewing machine and it was the only way we could figure to tie off the ends without having it unravel.
Step 2. Cuss the rope out because it kept getting into knots as I was trying to braid it. The braiding process took about 30 minutes. Mostly because it involved stopping to cuss out the rope, and stopping to undo the knots as they occurred.
Step 3. Tie off the other end.
Step 4. Get the tassels out.
Step 5. untie one end to sew tassels on.
Step 6. Realize that tassels are a bad idea, cause the white rope is unravelling and making its own tassel.
Step 7. Realize untying one end was a bad idea cause the braid is unravelling.
Step 8. Rebraid and reknot said end.
Step 9. Make the unravelled white ends into tassels.
Step 10. Take picture for amusement purposes.
Step 11. Find a friend with a sewing machine to make the next one.
Step 12. Type story up to include picture for everyones amusement.
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