Des Pawson's books abroad

Des Pawson’s Knot Craft is now published in the Netherlands
Schiemanswerk Des Pawson’s Knopen receptenboek 
Publisher de Alk & Heijnen Watersport isbn 978-90 –5961-093-4

Des Pawson’s Knot Craft is now published in Italy
L’Arte dei  Nodi  di Des Pawson
Publisher Mare  di Carta isbn 978-88-87505-21-4

(Posted February 2013)

Museum extension

The Museum of Knots and Sailors Ropework has now expanded into two buildings with a display on rope and ropemaking in the new extension. (Posted January 2013)

Forthcoming events 2012

Bead Society Annual Meeting
July 15, 2012
Des will be speaking at the Bead Society annual meeting which is to be held in Ipswich this year, see the Bead Society.

Royal Southern Yacht Club 175th Anniversary
August 4, 2012
Des & Liz will be ropemaking at the Royal Southern Yact Club Hamble Family
Funday to celebrate the club's 175 anniversary. See the Royal Southern Yacht Club.

Key Note Speaker at Braid Society AGM
October 27, 2012
Des Will be the key note speaker at the Braid Society Annual general meeting, see the Braid Society.

Materials and ropework to get a boost

From January 22, 2012 Moray Macphail of Classic Marine in Woodbridge is taking on the cordage and tool supply part of Footrope Knots. We have known Moray for 20 years and he intends to expand and develop the range of tools and materials available.

This move will enable us to concentrating on knotting, ropemaking and research, writing, teaching and demonstrating. You are still welcome to contact us for help with any of your knotty, ropey problems, and we will continue to stock a range of specialist knotting books. Click here for the full story.

New book out now!

Monograph # 9 Navy Rigger’s Blocks, Stocks or Benches
By Des Pawson 2011
26 pages 25 B/w illustrations 
£4.00 

Another International Loan

The Museum of Knots and Sailor’s Ropework has loaned 20 items from its collection to the Naval section of MUSEE ROYAL DE L’ARMEE ET D’HISTOIRE MILITAIRE, Brussels. The items are on loan as part of an exhibition of marine art that runs from June 15 to September 15, 2011.

Forthcoming events 2011

Thames Traditional Boat Rally
Henley on Thames
July 16-17, 2011
Liz and Des will be ropemaking in Fawley Meadows right by the Thames as part of this spectacular rally www.tradboatrally.com

Ropemaking at Leigh on Sea
July 31
Liz and Des will be helping people to make rope at the Leigh on Sea Fishing
festival from 1200-1700hrs on Bell Wharf and Victoria Wharf in Old Leigh.
For details see: www.essexinfo.net

IPSWICH MARITIME FESTIVAL
August 20-21
We will be ropemaking near the Old Custom House Ipswich Dock all this weekend
For details see: www.ipswich.gov.uk

Holyhead Sail Festival
August 27-29
Des and Liz will be ropemaking at the Holyhead Sail Festival. For details see www.holyhead.northwalesoga.org which has a video us ropemaking last year

Wivenhoe Church Ale Event
September 17-18
Come and make rope with Des on the 17th. For details see www.church-ale.org

New stock of second-hand books

Looking for some new inspiration? Is there a hole in your knot book library? We have just purchased a private collection of knot books, which are now on sale in our shop. Contact us for details.

Autumn events 2010

Holyhead Sail Festival
September 4-5, 2010
Des and Liz will be ropemaking at the Holyhead Sail Festival. For details see www.holyhead.northwalesoga.org

Herring Day, Great Yarmouth
October 17, 2010
Des Will be at Herring Day at the Time and Tide Museum Great Yarmouth. For details see: www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

New book out now!

Monograph # 8 Sailmaker’s Palms
By Des Pawson 2010
64 pages 50 b/w illust plus 5 A3 sheets of templates
£7.00 (posted May 25, 2010)

Forthcoming events 2010

Masterclass in Traditional Ropeworking Skills
Sailing yacht Morwenna
July 1-2, 2010
Would you like to improve your knot tying and ropework on the water? If you want to learn about sailing ropework then this is a day for you.
Enjoy a day's sailing on the yacht Morwenna, and receive tuition from Des during the day. Des will show you how to splice and tie knots and explain their uses (both sailing and decorative) and answer any questions you may have.
The package includes your wet weather clothing and safety equipment, a packed lunch (to be eaten as we sail), Des Pawson's skill and knowledge base
to draw upon, a fully qualified skipper to look after you and a truly unique sailing experience that will remain with you for ever! You will also get to keep the ropework you have made. www.traditional-sailing.com

Seafair
Milford Haven

July 10, 2010
Join Des and Liz making rope at Brunel Quay, Neyland as part of the Seafair
Haven Festival www.seafairhaven.org.uk

Thames Traditional Boat Rally
Henley on Thames
July 17-18, 2010
Liz and Des will be ropemaking in Fawley Meadows right by the Thames as part of this spectacular rally www.tradboatrally.com

Ropemaking at Leigh on Sea
July 25
Liz and Des will be helping people to make rope at the Leigh on Sea Fishing
festival from 1200-1700hrs on Bell Wharf and Victoria Wharf in Old Leigh.
For details see: www.essexinfo.net

Ropemaking Bristol Harbour Festival
July 31- August 1
Des and Liz will be ropemaking at the Bristol Harbour Festival, Harborside not far from the SS Great Britain
For details see: www.visitbristol.co.uk

New edition of Knot Craft

Knot Craft
By Des Pawson
New expanded 2nd edition, now 112 pages with a total of 35 projects. Available in our shop.

New mat book and exhibition

SAILORS' MATS - all you ever needed to know in one book
A new book on sailors' mats has been published to coincide with a special mat exhibition in the Netherlands. Des explains: 'This book, the fruit of over 15 years of research, is published to coincide with the exhibition “Scheepsmatten, oud touw en tijd bij de vleet”. (Ships mats, old rope and plenty of time) held at the The Nationaal Vlechtmuseum, Noordwolde (National Basket Museum), The Netherlands.'
With careful research, Des has assembled a 72-page book covering the history and background of mat making, together with hints, tips and ideas on various methods of making mats, from sewn and sennit mats, to mats with knitted panels, hitched 'Appledore mats and mats with stitched yarns on canvas.

THE BOOK
Sailors' mats from yarns, strands and sennit
Des Pawson MBE
Museum of Knots and Sailor’s
Ropework Monograph #7
210mm x 150mm 72 pages
34 illustrations in black & white,52 illustrations full colour
Paperback Retail £12
Trade Terms avaiable

THE EXHIBITION
“Scheepsmatten, oud touw en tijd bij de vleet”
(Ships mats, old rope and plenty of time).
November 1 2009-February 28, 2010
The Nationaal Vlechtmuseum, (National Basket Museum),
Noordwolde, The Netherlands.
For details see www.vlechtmuseum.nl/?nl/vlechten/uitgelicht/

Forthcoming events 2009

Ropemaking at Leigh on Sea
August 23, 2009
Liz and Des will be helping people to make rope at the Leigh on Sea Fishing festival from 1200-1700hrs on Bell Wharf and Victoria Wharf in Old Leigh.
For details see: www.essexinfo.net/leigh-on-sea/events/fishing-festival/

Demonstration at West Stowe
May 23-24, 2009
Des and Liz will be demonstrating at West Stow Country Park
and Anglo Saxon Village for their celebration of the world of textiles,
basketry and ropes from the Stone Age to the Modern day.
For details see: www.stedmundsbury.gov.uk

IGKT meeting in Nottingham
May 9-10, 2009
Des and Liz will be taking Footrope Knots, books tools and materials to the International Guild of Knot Tyers Meeting in Nottingham.
Date: Saturday, May 9 - May 10
Venue: Sea Cadets Centre Training Ship 'Orion', River Trent, Nottingham
More information: www.igkt.net

Guest lecturer in Suffolk
May 3
Des will be a guest lecturer at the Suffolk Local History Council Weekend at Belstead House Ipswich when the theme is Suffolk Crafts and Craftsmen. Des will be giving an introduction to Ropemaking on Sunday May 3.

Greenwich demonstration
April 25
Des will be demonstrating ropemaking at the Naval Dockyards Society Annual General Meeting and Symposium - A New Perspective on Chatham Dockyard and Recollections of Ropemaking. To be held at The Lecture Theatre National Maritime Museum Greenwich on Saturday April 25 2009 between 11am and 4pm.
See www.navaldockyards.moonfruit.com/

Des to tutor basketmakers
March 29-April 3
Des will be a guest tutor at the annual Basketmakers’ Association spring training event at York between March 29 and April 3 2009. He will be running a course ‘Knots and what can be done with them’.
For details see: www.basketassoc.org/index.php
PLEASE NOTE: THIS COURSE IS FULL

Museum's international loan

Our Museum has gone international, with a loan of items for a special exhibition in France...

The Museum of Knots and Sailor’s Ropework has loaned 48 items from its collection to the Musée Industriel de la Corderie Vallois à Notre-Dame-de-Bondeville near Rouen in France. The items are on loan for their exhibition L'appel du large (the call of the sea) – sailors’ ropework and sailors’ popular art. The exhibition runs from May 24, 2008 until of January 5, 2009. This water powered ropery is well worth a visit at any time, but this special exhibition is an added bonus. (Posted May, 12, 2008)

Des is awarded an MBE

Des has been honoured with an MBE for services to the rope industry, presented by the Queen at Buckingham Palace

Des Pawson was always passionate about Knots and Sailors' Ropework, but little did he know that when he set up his own business, Footrope Knots, he would be on the path to an MBE. In the year that the International Guild Of Knot Tyers celebrates its 25th year he was awarded the title for his services to the knot and rope industry.

At first a part time business, Footrope Knots soon grew and in 1989 he gave up his day job to concentrate on knot tying full time. The business was successful Footrope Knots supplied many trade customers. Des could be seen at boat shows and festivals around the country and abroad his red hat and beard immediately identifying him. He was a co-founder of the International Guild of Knot Tyers in 1982 - this organisation now has almost 1500 members worldwide.

In 1996 The Museum of Knots and Sailors' Ropework was opened, in 1998 the Handbook of Knots was first published by Dorling Kindersley, this book is still in print and has been translated into 17 languages. In 2004 Des published some of his trade secrets in Des Pawson's Knot Craft from Adlard Coles Nautical and recently he has be a speaker a number of international conferences on Knots, Ropework and the disappearing crafts. (Posted October, 2007)