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!
Coronavirus and sales
It is with regret that we have to announce that our books and other items for sale will not be available until further notice. Like most people in the UK our Supplies Secretary is confined to his home by government order. We are sure you will understand, and we wish you all a safe passage through these current uncertain times.
It was with sadness that we received the news of rhe death of Gladys Findley on 26th January 2020. Glad was our first (and only, so far) woman president of the Guild in 1993-4. She was an accomplished macramé maker who took pleasure in sharing her skills. In Memoriam
Further sad news arrived giving the deaths of two members in th USA - Wayne Richardson in Ohio and long-standing member, Louis Bartos in Alaska.
Captain 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.
News just in - 2 cancelled meetings due to coronavirus problems:-
French AGM 2020 - International knotting days March 28th and 29th CANCELLED
Fisheries Museum, 3 Quai Capitaine Jean Recher, Fécamp 76400
2020 Spring Symposium and AGM
Thursday 30th April - Sunday 3 May CANCELLED
Advance notice - 2020 Autumn Meeting
Please note earlier date than usual. Mariehamn is at Lat 60N and winter arrives rapidly in October.
Dates: Friday 11th - Sunday 13th September
Place: The Old Harbour, Mariehamn, Åland Islands, Finland
see this video.
Super-advance notice - 2021 Australian Meeting
Hello fellow tanglers and knot-tyers,
Update forInternational Guild of Knot Tyers Australian Meeting 2021.
Date confirmed for March 19, 20 and 21 in 2021.
Location confirmed as the Australian National Wool Museum in Geelong
situated 200 metres from the water front in the centre of the city.
The excellent and comprehensive Glossary of Knotting and Ropemaking Terms by Robert Birch, described in the recent 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.
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Meeting cancelled due to coronavirus problems
The UK Northwest Branch of IGKT
invite you to "Ferry Cross the Mersey"
April 30th - 3rd May 2020
in New Brighton and Liverpool.
To manually fill-in, please
For computer filling-in, please
Thursday 30th April
Self-guided visits to Liverpool. Evening meeting-place TBA
Friday 1st May
Talks, demonstrations (TBA) and setting-up in the Floral Pavilion
Evening get-together in West Cheshire Sailing Club
Saturday 2nd May
Exhibition in the Floral Pavilion
Sunday 3rd May
10:00 AGM in the Floral Pavilion
How to get here
Finding us: New Brighton is on the northeast tip of the Wirral peninsula in northwest England. It is directly across the River Mersey from the city of Liverpool.
Access: by car – M53 motorway then A554 to New Brighton CH45 2JS.
Parking is usually free or very inexpensive
by rail – to Liverpool Lime Street and then Wirral Line (underground) to New Brighton station
by air – to London and then Liverpool by rail as above
Accommodation: 3 hotels within easy walking distance
Travelodge Wallasey New Brighton
Marine Point, King's Parade, Wallasey CH45 2PB•0871 984 6476
The New Brighton Hotel Bar and Lounge
93 Victoria Rd, Wallasey CH45 2JB•0151 638 3568
Albion Guest House
41 Albion St, Wallasey CH45 9LE•0151 639 7144
Motorhomes park free along the sea front
Wirral Country Park: Caravan and Motorhome Club Site
Station Rd, Thurstaston, Wirral CH61 0HN Tel: 01342 327 490
Grange Farm Certificated Location, Caravan and Motorhome Club
Little Storeton Lane, Storeton, Bebington, CH63 6HR Tel: 0151 608 2007
Arrowe Brook Farm Certificated Site: Camping & Caravanning Club
Arrowebrook Lane, Greasby, Wirral, CH49 3NZ Tel: 0151 6771615
Visits within easy reach: Trains every 15 minutes
Liverpool: Royal Albert Dock and Maritime Museum, Harbour tours, Cathedral, Museum of Liverpool etc.
Contact Ian Rogers for more info on attractions etc.