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The only qualification for membership of the International Guild of Knot Tyers (IGKT) is an interest in knotting, whether it is in practical knot applications, decorative knotting, mathematical knot theory or whatever.
You don't have to be an expert - just an enthusiast.
Download the IGKT Constitution (PDF format - 70k).
Annual Subscription Rates
Subscription rates for all members, worldwide, are based on the UK Pound. Payment can be made by Cash or Cheque (UK currency only), Amex, Mastercard and Visa via PayPal. UK residents may also pay by Standing Order. New 5 year rates have been introduced which will protect a member against any fee rises in the 5 years as well as offering a discount - see below.
- £23.00 per annum or £100.00 for 5 years membership.
- Family Membership
- £27.00 per annum or £115.00 for 5 years membership.
- Juniors (under 16)
- FREE but this offer may be withdrawn at any time so join NOW!
- Youth Groups
- Groups eg Scouts, Guides are offered FREE membership if they are formed, wholly or mainly, for the benefit of young persons ie those under 18 years of age. Application should be in the name of the Group with a postal address etc of an adult organiser.
- Corporate Membership
- Fees for Corporate Membership are negotiated on an individual basis.
UK taxpayers are urged to complete a Gift Aid form which allows the Guild to claim tax back from HM Revenue & Customs. New members will automatically receive a Gift Aid form in their membership pack but if any UK members require an additional form, please contact us.
Higher rate taxpayers in the UK can (at least for the moment) claim tax relief on charitable donations (which includes subscriptions where a Gift Aid form has been completed) in addition to the amount that we reclaim under the Gift Aid rules. Members may if they wish donate this tax relief to the Guild. US members may also be able to obtain tax relief on their subscriptions as we are a registered charity (in the US a "non-profit" organisation). Members in other countries should check their local tax rules.
UK members may find this link to direct.gov helpful.
As a Guild member, you will receive the quarterly magazine Knotting Matters. Two formal meetings are arranged each year, held at a variety of locations, usually in UK. The meetings are open to all members with their guests, providing an opportunity to get together with like-minded people. At a regional level, local groups have been formed where members get together periodically to tie a few knots.
Members' names and addresses, postal and email, are published in a Members Handbook. Even if you cannot attend the meetings, you can communicate with other knot tyers wherever they are in the world.
Joining the Guild
You can pay your Guild subscriptions online via PayPal. Please note that you do not need a PayPal account to take advantage of online payment. All major credit and debit cards are accepted via PayPal's secure payment system.
When renewing a membership online, please enter the relevant IGKT membership number in the Paypal Instructions to the seller box.
If paying the subscription for a new membership and the cardholder is not the new member (eg a parent paying a junior membership), please enter "New Member" in the Paypal Instructions to the seller box and ensure that you either:
- complete the membership form (PDF 95K) and send by post to the address indicated below.
- complete the online application form and pay via PayPal.
Paying By Post
Print and complete the membership form (PDF 95K) and send it, together with your payment, to the address listed below. If you are renewing your membership by post, please use the same form. If you wish to pay by credit card other than online via PayPal, you may send us your credit card details - see the information on the Goods for Sale page.
Postal AddressThe Secretary
International Guild of Knot Tyers
78 Marlborough Avenue
Refund of Membership Fees
Membership fees are not normally refundable unless membership is cancelled within 21 days of joining or renewal. Members who pay a 5 year fee who decide to resign may receive a refund based on the difference between the fee paid and the normal membership fee in force at the time of cancellation for the period of membership enjoyed. If a member passes away, a pro rata refund of membership fees paid will be made on request.