There is no single "right way" to tie someone up.
There are different ways to apply bindings, and positions that are ideal for different body types.
Here are some ideas to start with!
The "Paula Klaw"
Wrap, Twist, & Cinch
1. Center the rope over two limbs and wrap both ends repeatedly around both limbs. Don't wrap too tightly. Stop when you have just enough left to do one more circle.
2. Stop at a central point (between the two limbs) and twist the ends against each other -- like turning the corner at an intersection.
3. Having changed direction, wrap the ends between the two limbs to cinch. Pull the cinch tight. Then make a square knot.
Why wrap the rope repeatedly?--To distribute pressure evenly.
Why change directions by twisting to make an "anchor point", instead of just changing directions at random? -- To keep the rope from pinching against one limb.
Why cinch? -- To tighten the bondage between the limbs and make the wrapping more secure.
Why wrap loosely and cinch tightly? -- The bondage will "hug" each limb securely and provide a more pleasant sensation for the captive. (Credit John Savage.)
I've made a mini-movie MPEG demonstrating the basic "Paula Klaw" tie on Kelsie Chambers; it's at my Yahoo group. Log in to Yahoo Groups, go to Bedroom Bondage Yahoo Group, and visit the Files section.
The Double-Rope Bondage Style
Fold, Wrap, Turn, & Cinch
1. Fold (double) the rope at the center. Doubled rope wraps more evenly and comfortably. The folded point is called the Lark's Head.
2. Wrap once, bring both ends through the Lark's Head, and reverse direction to continue wrapping.
3. Stop when you only have enough left for about one more wrap.
4. Turn both ends perpendicular and pull them through the Lark's Head.
5. Separate the ends (one heads North, the other heads South); wrap them at a right angle from the original wrapping. This cross-wrapping is called the cinch.
6. Stop cinch-wrapping when you're almost out of rope.
7. Bring the ends together and tie a square knot.
Basic Wrist Positions
Rope isn't well suited for tying a solo limb. If you try it, make sure you're binding a "bracelet" and are not pulling all the tension on just one wrap. A superior alternative is a handkerchief. Wrap it repeatedly around the limb and knot; then tie your connector rope through all of the 'kerchief wraps.
Wrists Palm to Palm
Basic Ankle Positions
Easy Crossed Ankles
Strict Crossed Ankles
Hobbles and Bar-Wraps
"Bar-Wrap" / Hobble
Yoke Chest Harness
Yoke Harness for Hand Support
Bikini Chest Harness
"You once made mention of teaching a class on bondage techniques in California. That class is a bit far away for me. Would you have information on a video or website that would accomplish the same thing?"
I made a how-to video that Close-Up sells: "How to Make Your Lover Helpless" (CUE-10). Maybe I spent too much of that video emphasizing role-playing and scenes. But it does cover the basics of rope technique.
Don't go for the "Learning The Ropes" video series sold on the web -- that series is about D/s, not ropework.