New edition of Sailmakers Needle Monograph now out

New edition of Sailmakers Needle Monograph now out, see also monograph section under Books on the website

    • #3 Sailmaker’s Needles …………………………………………………………….£5.50
    • Des Pawson 2004/5/8/9/10/15 (47 pages 11 b/w 6 coloured    illustrations )
    • Covers the history of the sail needle, their sizes and types together with a very comprehensive list of makers names, there are 6  coloured pages showing some of the packaging used to sell sail needles

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.

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

“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