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 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).


The excellent and comprehensive Glossary of Knotting and Ropemaking Terms by Robert Birch, described in the recent Knotting Matters can be found HERE.


2019 Autumn Symposium will be in Bremen-Vegesack, Germany

3rd-6th October. 

We will be guests of the Vegesacker Geschichtenhaus in this historic waterside city.  

The city's oldest port warehouse is a place of history theater, cabaret and photo gallery, all under one roof.

The link for registration is here.

More details available in the NEWS section.


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 ParadeWallasey CH45 2JS UK  

More details available later


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


Het Knoopeknauwertje - The Netherlands Newsletter 1996-2000

25 issues now available for download in the Publications section.


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IGKT Autumn Symposium - Bremen 3rd-6th October

2019 Autumn Symposium will be in Bremen-Vegesack, Germany

3rd-6th October

Vegesacker GeschichtenhausPages from Kalender 2019.pdf

We will be guests of the Vegesacker Geschichtenhaus in this historic waterside city.

The city's oldest port warehouse is a place of history theater, cabaret and photo gallery, all under one roof.

Booking details are available here.


Latest details sent out with Knotting Matters 144, September 2019



Friday 4th – Sunday 6th October 2019

IGKT Germany invite you to the Vegersacker Geschichtenhaus,

Zum Alten Speicher 5A, 28759 Bremen, Germany

a museum in the north of Bremen.


Thursday 3rd: Setting up the exhibition. It is a holiday in Germany, so the local members will be there. Please join us!


Friday to Sunday: The meeting and exhibition will be open 1000-1700hrs Saturday: 1600hrs Raffle at the exhibition. 2000hrs Knot Tyers’ Supper The museum expects us to provide activities for children on Thursday and Friday. Let us know if you have something to offer and/or bring it with you.


Register at (registration for this meeting)

Accommodation: Cabins may be booked on the Schulschiff Deutschland


located directly opposite the museum. Unfortunately, their homepage is only available in German:

Find prices at

(price list in German)

In brief: B&B Double cabin: 51€ to 70€ B&B Single cabin: 39€ to 48.50€


Parking: There is parking near the museum.

Activities: Vegesack itself has loads to offer over this weekend, including:

Vegefeston Saturday and Sunday its many shows and concerts.

A Maritime Fleamarket on Sunday


You can also visit the ships in the nearby museum harbour

See you there!


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