Pegging the tipi – Pebble Ties

There are many methods used to peg the tipi down. From grommets to web loops. However, the only method I, and many other tipi makers would recommend would be the traditional pebble ties used by the Native Americans.

This is primarily becuase they put less strain on the canvas and if a tear does occur when pegging down the tie can easily be moved to another location.

The process of pebble ties is fairly straightforward.

Lay the tipi down flat (the same way up as if you were about to erect it, ie with the inside of the canvas in contact with the grass) Starting from the door, put you hand under hem and place a pebble (roughly the size as a 2p coin with no sharp edges) about 15 cm up from the bottom of the hem.

Bunch the canvas around the pebble and then use a piece of string to tie the pebble into the canvas. You then need to tie a piece of cord around the bunched up fabric with the coin inside, pull it really tight as tight as you can so the cord stays in place. The diagram below will hopefully demonstrate the process.

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The twisting that you see in the diagram I find is not needed. I would suggest that you use a 50 cm cord, locate the middle. Tie the middle of the cord to the canvas and the bunched up stone which will then leave you with roughly 20 cm of cord either side. Then make the loop for the peg by tying together the two ends of the cord using a one sided over hand bend (IE the offset water knot – a very simple knot)