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).
We now have an official facebook group too!
For UK residents - important
If you buy things from Amazon, please support the Guild by signing up to the Amazon Smile scheme. This costs you nothing but results in a donation to us by Amazon from every purchase you make with them. It is easy and trouble-free. 😃
Do please sign up - it's so simple with the Amazon Smile banner at the bottom of this page or just click here!
Unfortunately the scheme is restricted to purchases from Amazon UK. 😢
This piece of brilliant rope magic by Mac King was sent to us recently. We hope you enjoy it.
or it's on YouTube here.
Captain George Hart Bursary
Thanks to the generosity of Georg.e, 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.
From time to time, the IGKT produces works of knotting interest that would not normally be expected to be published by a mainstream press because of the specialist nature of the content. They are then made available via the Guild Supplies. To assist with this process, the Guild has established a Publications Group which is a sub-committee of the Executive Committee.
The Group currently consists of the following members:
Maurice McPartlan, Editor Knotting Matters (UK), Andy Hudson, IGKT Supplies Secretary (UK), Liz Pawson (UK), Jim Caswell (Australia) and Chairman Colin Grundy, IGKT President (UK).
The team has a number of roles, firstly, deciding if a work is to be published by the Guild or not, as well as:
a) Assisting those who wish to have the Guild publish a book or pamphlet.
b) Arranging reprints of existing Guild publications when appropriate.
c) Making available books or pamphlets that are offered for the Guild to sell.
d) Producing an existing publication when the copyright has been offered to the Guild.
The Group’s Chairman will acknowledge receipt of the submission and give an idea of when the decision will be made.
On May 3rd 2020 two IGKT members were on BBC Radio 4 in a program called Five Knots -
or for the program on the the BBC Sounds website click here
2020 Autumn Meeting
Postponed to 2021 because of the Covid pandemic
Please note earlier date than usual. Mariehamn is at Lat 60N and winter arrives rapidly in October.
Dates: 10-12 September - to be confirmed
Place: The Old Harbour, Mariehamn, Åland Islands, Finland
see this video.
International Guild of Knot Tyers Australian Meeting
Date: Postponed until September. Dates TBA
Location confirmed as the Australian National Wool Museum in Geelong
situated 200 metres from the water front in the centre of the city.
During the meeting - Photographic Exhibition
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.
The excellent and comprehensive Glossary of Knotting and Ropemaking Terms by Robert Birch, described in 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!
now available for download in the Publications section.
*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.*
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 202009.
UK members - if you haven't returned your charity Gift Aid form, please do so. Form is downloadable on the 'News' page.