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GET KNOTTED! A day of KnotTying workshops
« on: March 26, 2009, 05:55:50 PM »
NEWS RELEASE ? 28 March 2009


Saturday 25th April 2009

From decorative rope work for narrow boaters, to net making, splicing braid on braid and leather braiding? the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum in Singleton, West Sussex will be hosting an unusual, hands-on day of knot tying experiences on Saturday 25th April.  Participants will learn that there?s much more to knots than grannies!

The day has been organised in collaboration with local knot-tyer Charlie Tyrrell, who has run several courses at the Museum as well as demonstrating his skills at Museum events, and will be held in the award-winning Jerwood Gridshell space.

This action-packed day will see six local craftspeople coming together to pass on their traditional skills.  Colin Grundy will look at both traditional and modern rope splicing, and will teach how to make both a dog lead and grommets for use in the game of quoits.  Ken Nelson will look at the history of decorative knot work for narrow boating and make a mast dropper and cabin strings.  Jon Hutcheon will lead a session on how to make a net bag, and leather-worker Emma O?Driscoll will lead sessions on making a lanyard for a mobile phone or whistle, as well as making a purse or pouch using vegetable tanned leathers, suede?s and edge braiding techniques. Charlie Tyrell?s sessions include making side fenders (which can also be used as door stops) and making basic bell ropes.

Participants will be able to choose two workshops during the day, and will go home with the items they have made.

The workshop day follows the success of the International Guild of Knot Tyers Conference which was held at the Museum in 2008, when Knot Tyers from all over the world met in the Gridshell building and demonstrated their considerable skills to each other and to the Museum?s visitors.

Museum Head of Learning, Diana Rowsell, said ?We are delighted to be hosting this event.  One of the Museum?s key aims is to promote traditional crafts and keep them alive, and the knot tying day will help us to fulfil this aim in a new way?.

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The Museum runs a large programme of courses in traditional rural trades and crafts, in subjects ranging from textiles, to countryside skills, to historic home life and early technology workshops.  It also runs courses in Historic Building Conservation, and a series of evening talks entitled Tales of The Downs and Beyond.

Pre-booking is essential, as places are limited. Places cost ?50 per person for the whole day. For more information or to book, contact Diana Rowsell, Head of Learning on 01243 811464,

Background information

The award-winning Weald & Downland Open Air Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits and is designated by the Government for the outstanding importance of its collections. Exhibits include a medieval farmstead; a working watermill producing wholemeal stoneground flour; exhibitions focusing on traditional building techniques and agriculture; historic gardens, farm livestock and a working Tudor kitchen. The Museum runs a well-established schools programme, and an adult learning programme of courses in building conservation and rural crafts. There is a caf? which uses the Museum?s own flour and a shop with gifts and books on countryside and buildings themes.  The modern Downland Gridshell houses the Museum?s building conservation centre and artefact collection; there is a daily tour at 1.30pm when the Museum is open, and an appointments system for visits to the collections for research purposes.

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