International Guild of Knot Tyers

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The International Guild of Knot Tyers (IGKT) is an association of people with interests in knots and knotting techniques of all kinds.

We have about 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).


World Knot Tying Day - September 18th 2022

Each year IGKT commemorates the death, on September 18th 1947, of the author of the knot-tyers' 'bible' - Clifford Ashley.

Please join us by tying a knot on that day and posting a photo of it to #worldknottyingday on Instagram, Facebook or other media of your choice.





It’s All About Knots – Turku, Finland September 16-18 2022

This Knot-Tying festival is open to all. There are links to meeting details in English, Finnish & Swedish on the IGKT News page

Please contact Mikko Snellman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.


International Guild of Knot Tyers Australian Meeting

will take place on September 2nd-5th 2022

Location: The Australian National Wool Museum in Geelong, situated 200 metres from the water-front in the centre of the city.

Contact: Barry Smith This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


During the meeting - Photographic ExhibitioNational Wool Museum Geelongn

IGKT members are invited to submit interesting photos of their own or others’ knot- or rope-work

Selected photos will be displayed at the meeting 
and the most popular photographer will receive a book prize.

Details later.


IGKT-North America AGM St. Petersburg, FL, USA October 14-16th 2022

Contact John Staley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


IGKT-France AG Fécamp, Normandie, France October 28-30th 2022

Venue: "Les Pêcheries" Museum, 3 Quai Capitaine Jean Recher 76400 FECAMP

Contact Claude Davesne Davesne This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


George Hart Bursary

Thanks to the generosity of George, the IGKT has been able to set up a fund to provide funds for helping and encouraging members, especially younger members, to engage in an ‘extraordinary’ activity which involves knotting and the Guild. For full details please see the Member News section here.


Most meetings and events are shown in the Calendar section - do see if there's one happening near you and come along!


For all problems regarding membership or logging-in please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


*When first logging-in to the members' area, enter your email address and password which came in the 'welcome' email. If you want to change the password during or after your first log-in, click on  the 'Manage my membership' button at the bottom of the list on the left.*

We have tried to make sure that all the data on the various pages of this site are accurate and up-to-date.  If you find errors or omissions please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will do our best to rectify things quickly.

Please help us by sending advance news of knotting events so that we can publish them and also reports/photos when the events have occurred.

We'll only be able to publicise and carry news if you all help us!

Members please note - a list of email addresses, sorted by country and region is available in the 'Member News' section.  Please check your entry. File updated 202102.


UK members - if you haven't returned your charity Gift Aid form, please do so. Form is downloadable on the 'News' page.



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