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How to knot a cord tie back

Updated February 21, 2017

Curtains and drapes may need to be tied back to let the sun in or to see outside. Many methods of tying back curtains are available, including using cord or rope, to hold them in place. Cord can be either simple and plain or ornate with large tassels. Some drapes are largely decorative and can be left tied back most of the time. Other curtains need to be tied back so they are functional.

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  1. Hook the rope on the tie back hook and bring one strand around each side of the curtain.

  2. Keep the rope in the left hand stationery and form a loop with the rope in the right hand.

  3. Position the loop under the left hand and pull the cord in the left hand threw the loop to form a new loop.

  4. Switch the cords so each hand is holding the opposite cord and pull the cord tight by sliding the knot up the length to form a slip knot. This knot works well for casual curtains and is very easy to undo.

  5. Attach the rope to the tie back hook and bring one strand around each side of the curtain.

  6. Hold one cord in each hand. Cross the right hand under the left and bring the bottom cord up and through the centre.

  7. Pull the curtain to the desired openness. The curtain can be left like this in a loose square knot, secured with a double square knot or add a bow.

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About the Author

Shara JJ Cooper graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2000, and has worked professionally ever since. She has a passion for community journalism, but likes to mix it up by writing for a variety of publications. Cooper is the owner/editor of the Boundary Sentinel, a web-based newspaper.

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