Great Knotting Images on Pinterest

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Great Ideas for Knotting Projects If you are looking for some great pictures of decorative and working knots, then why not take a look at the board that we are creating on Pinterest? I would suggest that you keep coming … Continue reading

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Star Knot How to Tie

Star Knot Tutorial

Video Star Knot Tutorial At present I do not have photo images on how to tie the star knot, but for now here is a video that I have done: Video Demonstrating the Star Knot Social Bookmarking … Continue reading

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Tie the Carrick Bend How to

Carrick Bend

Carrick Bend Tutorial The Carrick Bend is generally used when working with large hawsers or cable that do not easily create tight bends or tucks. The other good thing about the Carrick Bend is that it will not readily slip … Continue reading

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Sheet Bend How to Tie

Sheet Bend

Sheet Bend Tutorial Make a bight as per the second picture below. The working end of the black cord passes under the bite and over the upper orange cord. The pass the working end of the black cord back under … Continue reading

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Bowline Tutorial

Bowline Knot

How to Tie the Bowline This is classed as a classic seaman’s knot, but evidence would suggest that the Bowline dates back to pre-historic times. At the bottom of this post I have also included a video: As per the … Continue reading

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IGKT at Waterfest in Weymouth

Captain Jack Sparrow

First Ever Weymouth Waterfest The International Guild of Knot Tyers were luck enough to be invited to have a display at the Weymouth Waterfest 2014. The event took place over the weekend and the weather was glorious for the occasion. … Continue reading

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Current Archaeology Features IGKT

Archaeology IGKT

“Hot off the press” Current Archaeology features the International Guild of Knot Tyers. Sorry my pride took over for a second we were not so much featured but we did get a full page spread at the very back of … Continue reading

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Ditty Bag Making the Handle for Leather

Ditty Bag Handle

I think the hardest thing about making the handle of the ditty bag is to make it different. I have done a number of rope handles for ditty bags and they all look fairly similar. So this time I decided … Continue reading

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Knotting for the Film Industry

Hangmans Noose

From the title you will think that I have made it to the big time, a prop from Master and Commander or Pirates of the Caribbean maybe? Well sadly not, however this short film does include a hangman’s noose that … Continue reading

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Ditty Bag Leather Making A PT 1

This blog post is dedicated to Blake my chocolate Labrador, who sadly passed away unexpectedly on the 22/07/2014 during the making of my Leather Ditty Bag. Blake would lay next to me outside; he would absorb the sunshine whilst I … Continue reading

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Inspired by items seen at the AGM in Chatham my wife strongly hinted that she would like something similar. The result is in the photo. What surprised me was the quantity of cord used, 85m of 3mm to make a … Continue reading

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Bell Rope Making the Tarred

Tarred Bell Rope

After I made my first bell rope (Making a Bell Rope) I felt very pleased with what I had produced. I made the mistake of thinking to myself, OK have made a bell rope I can now cross that off … Continue reading

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IGKT AGM New Presidents Speech

IGKT Presidents Speech

For those of you who were not able to attend the International Guild of Knot Tyers Annual General Meeting, here is an outline of the speech given by the incoming President; Antoine Leroy Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear friends, I have … Continue reading

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IGKT AGM in Chatham Dockyard

Porthole Knot Board

When something is called an Annual General Meeting (AGM), you get the feeling that boredom will cover you like veil if you attend. Well, I have attended a couple of IGKT AGM’s now and they are far from boring. An … Continue reading

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Kringle Mat Making a

Over the weekend I had a bit of time on my hands, and I came across some length of cord that I had laying about. So I thought why not make a colourful Kringle mat out of it. Des Pawson’s … Continue reading

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Decorative Knife Lanyard Making

Making a Knife Lanyard

I do rather like this particular lanyard because it incorporates a number of different skills, it can also easily be wrapped around the wrist or through a belt. This particular style of lanyard comes from Toss The Rigging Handbook. Toss … Continue reading

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Bell-Rope For An Old Four Masted Barque Making A

Herzogin Cecilie Ships Bell

Here we have an example of a bell rope made for the An Old Four Masted Barque by Ken Yalden. In this particular case the rope is made from 4mm 3 strand polished hemp. Starting at the top and working down, … Continue reading

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Learning Kumihimo at the IGKT Branch Meeting

Learning Kumihimo

Kumihimo Last night at the Solent Branch of the IGKT we were treated to Kumihimo; this is a form of braid making originating in Japan. The actual word in Japanese means “gathered threads” For more detailed information on Kumihimo Originall … Continue reading

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Ocean Plait Mat Making an

Ocean Plait Mat

I recently purchase 20 meters by 3/4 inch of used rope off eBay. It originally came form a crabbing boat off Brixham in Devon. The rope has obviously spent many years in all types of weather. As a result of … Continue reading

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Fender Keyring Making a

Fender Keyring

Fender Keyring Sometimes it is nice to do something fairly simple and quick, they also make a nice little gift for someone. In this particular case I used some blue colour line, well I actually used 3 x 70″ inches … Continue reading

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