The International Guild of Knot Tyers (IGKT) is an association of people with interests in knots and knotting techniques of all kinds.
We have over a thousand members world-wide, from all walks of life, including academics, surgeons, sailors, sportsmen and women, scouters, magicians, farmers, miners and accountants. Membership is open to anyone interested in knotting (whether expert or simply hoping to learn from others).
Join us for World Knot-Tying Day on December 18th - full details and downloadable posters etc available in seven languages HERE
It is with much sadness that we have to inform IGKT members of the very sudden death of Jan Vos of the Netherlands on 23rd September. Jan was our youngest-ever president from 1989-1991 and has been our financial scrutineer for many years. He was a splendid ambassador, both for the Guild and knotting in general and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. Please add your thoughts about Jan to our In Memoriam page here.
French AGM 2020 - International knotting days March 28th and 29th
Fisheries Museum, 3 Quai Capitaine Jean Recher, Fécamp 76400
Fécamp is a beautiful port town about 50miles (80km) north-east of Le Havre
2020 Spring Symposium and AGM
Please note earlier date than usual (UK Bank Hoilday has been moved for 2020)
Symposium: Thursday 30th April - Saturday 2 May
AGM: Sunday 3 May
Place: The Floral Pavilion, Marine Parade, New Brighton, CH45 2JS UK
More details available in the next Knotting Matters - mid December -
Advance notice - 2020 Autumn Meeting
Please note earlier date than usual. Mariehamn is at Lat 60N and winter arrives rapidly in October.
Dates: Friday 11th - Sunday 13th September
Place: The Old Harbour, Mariehamn, Åland Islands, Finland
Super-advance notice - 2021 Australian Meeting
Hello fellow tanglers and knot-tyers,
Update forInternational Guild of Knot Tyers Australian Meeting 2021.
Date confirmed for March 19, 20 and 21 in 2021.
Location confirmed as the Australian National Wool Museum in Geelong
situated 200 metres from the water front in the centre of the city.
The excellent and comprehensive Glossary of Knotting and Ropemaking Terms by Robert Birch, described in the recent Knotting Matters can be found HERE.
Most meetings and events are shown in the Calendar section - do see if there's one happening near you and come along!
25 issues now available for download in the Publications section.
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The UK Northwest Branch of IGKT
invite you to "Ferry Cross the Mersey"
April 30th - 3rd May 2020
in New Brighton and Liverpool.
To manually fill-in, please
For computer filling-in, please
Thursday 30th April
Self-guided visits to Liverpool. Evening meeting-place TBA
Friday 1st May
Talks, demonstrations (TBA) and setting-up in the Floral Pavilion
Evening get-together in West Cheshire Sailing Club
Saturday 2nd May
Exhibition in the Floral Pavilion
Sunday 3rd May
10:00 AGM in the Floral Pavilion
How to get here
Finding us: New Brighton is on the northeast tip of the Wirral peninsula in northwest England. It is directly across the River Mersey from the city of Liverpool.
Access: by car – M53 motorway then A554 to New Brighton CH45 2JS.
Parking is usually free or very inexpensive
by rail – to Liverpool Lime Street and then Wirral Line (underground) to New Brighton station
by air – to London and then Liverpool by rail as above
Accommodation: 3 hotels within easy walking distance
Travelodge Wallasey New Brighton
Marine Point, King's Parade, Wallasey CH45 2PB•0871 984 6476
The New Brighton Hotel Bar and Lounge
93 Victoria Rd, Wallasey CH45 2JB•0151 638 3568
Albion Guest House
41 Albion St, Wallasey CH45 9LE•0151 639 7144
Motorhomes park free along the sea front
Wirral Country Park: Caravan and Motorhome Club Site
Station Rd, Thurstaston, Wirral CH61 0HN Tel: 01342 327 490
Grange Farm Certificated Location, Caravan and Motorhome Club
Little Storeton Lane, Storeton, Bebington, CH63 6HR Tel: 0151 608 2007
Arrowe Brook Farm Certificated Site: Camping & Caravanning Club
Arrowebrook Lane, Greasby, Wirral, CH49 3NZ Tel: 0151 6771615
Visits within easy reach: Trains every 15 minutes
Liverpool: Royal Albert Dock and Maritime Museum, Harbour tours, Cathedral, Museum of Liverpool etc.
Contact Ian Rogers for more info on attractions etc.
Second Annual World Knot Tying Day - December 18th
What is it?
The members of the International Guild of Knot Tyers (IGKT) are promoting 18 December, the birth date of Clifford W. Ashley, as the second annual World Knot Tying Day. World Knot Tying Day is designed to publicize knot tying and to raise awareness of how knots are important tools in our lives. Knots can be very useful or decorative, as well as therapeutic to tie.
How can I take part?
People all over the world are being encouraged to participate in World Knot Tying Day, by taking a photo of themselves tying a knot or teaching someone a new knot and posting it to a social media platform using the hashtag #WorldKnotTyingDay.
See below for downloadable materials - Poster and Car-window notices - in French German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, as well as English. Press Releases in French and English
Why Clifford Ashley?
The Ashley Book of Knots is an encyclopaedia of knots written and illustrated by the American Clifford W. Ashley. First published in 1944, it was the culmination of over 11 years of work. The book contains 3854 numbered entries and an estimated 7000 illustrations. The entries include knot instructions, uses, and some histories, categorized by type or function. It remains one of the most important and comprehensive books on knots.