Events News & Information


The Anstruther Gray Drama Competition has been cancelled due to the low response.


The 2020 Scottish Country Dance Weekend for SWI members will be held in Fisher’s Hotel, Pitlochry on 6-8 March 2020.  Further information and the application form are available to download from the members area, login is required (Committees/Education & International Committee/Scottish Country Dance Weekend). 

The closing date for applications is Friday 24th November 2019.

Please note that there will no longer be a ballot and the applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis.  If the event is over-subscribed, a waiting list will be put into place.




Casalguidi Embroidery Class

There will be a Casalguidi Embroidery class at SWI Headquarters, 42 Heriot Row, EH3 6ES. The Tutor will be Jane Currie.  The dates are the 4th – 6th December 2019. 

This class is open to all experienced embroiderers who would like the challenge of learning a new skill. The deadline for applications is Friday the 8th of November and the cost is £75.00. This does not include the materials. There is a limited number of spaces available, so please apply early. For further information please contact the H&H Event Co-ordinator by email:  or by telephone 0131 285 7117.

Casalguidi Embroidery

This style of embroidery originated in the small village of Casalguidi near Pistoia in Norther Italy. The embroidery techniques used to make Casalguidi embroidery are what makes it so interesting. It is worked on linen with a background of pulled work which contrasts well with the sculptured raised embroidery effect. The rough texture of the needle lace, buttonhole bars and raised stem band, contrast well with the smooth bullion knots and wrapped scrolls. This gives it a feeling of stumpwork. Articles can be embellished further with the addition of tassels and bobbles.

During the 3-day workshop all the techniques will be taught and practiced to produce a small piece of interesting Casalguidi embroidery.

While working, a brief history of the technique will be discussed to gain a better insight of the technique.



Handcrafts Weekend School - April 2020

Please come and join us for the Handcrafts Weekend School.  The classes on offer are:

‘Buttons, Braids & Tassels’ Tutor – Brenda Simpson

‘Silk Ribbon Embroidery’ – Tutor – Heather King

This will be held at

Fisher’s Hotel, Pitlochry - 3rd – 5th April 2020

 If you are interested please contact the H&H Event Co-ordinator by email:  by telephone 0131 285 7117

Matter of Opinion and National Quiz - Saturday 26th October 2019

The Matter of Opinion Competition will be held the morning of 26th October, the National Quiz will follow in the afternoon at Fochabers Public Institute, 15 High Street, Fochabers, Moray, IV32 7EP.  Further information and entry forms are available in the Members' Area of the website, login is required (Committees/Education & International Committee/Matter of Opinion or /National Quiz).

If you need any further information please contact   



 Subject – Basic Embroidery

 (All correspondence has been sent to the Federations)

The 2019 tutors are Susan Finlayson – Roxburghshire and Anne Rodgie - Fife.  Evelyn Baxter Scholars - having attended the course held at headquarters this spring – are both willing to give 2 day classes on this subject at federation level anywhere in Scotland between January and December 2019.

 A school will last two consecutive days (four hours each day) and a maximum of 12 members can be accepted. Once classes are confirmed – information will be sent to the Federations regarding materials. i.e a pack may be provided with a note of the cost and/or a requirements list *In response to enquiries received – Please note the following: The federation does not pay any fees for pupils attending these classes to SWI headquarters. Evelyn Baxter classes are different to the handcrafts - two day school and craft classes.

H & H Secretaries are reminded that all arrangements for these classes (dates and times) should be made through headquarters. In the event of a Federation having to cancel the class, Headquarters and the Scholar must be notified, at least four weeks in advance.

Please can you submit the application form as soon as possible if you wish your class in the early part of 2019, please contact the H&H Secretary (  for further information.


SWI organises national competitions in curling, stadium bowling, outdoor bowling and golf. Federations select a team(s), usually by competition, to represent them in the competition.  Further information can be obtained from the Education and International Secretary -

Due to issues with catering at previous sports competitions, all refreshments must be ordered and paid for in advance for players and spectators.  Refreshment vouchers will be distributed on the day and these should be handed over for refreshments. 

The dates of the next National Competitions are:


Golf Competition 2019

27 August 2019, Shiskine Golf & Tennis Club, Arran Federation.  The deadline for entries was 28 February.

Curling Bonspiel

Details on the next Curling Bonspiel will follow once available.

Stadium Bowling Competition

Details on the next Stadium Bowling competition will follow once available.

Outdoor Bowling Competition

 Details on the next Outdoor Bowling competition will follow once available.

*Please click the side arrow to access the Guidelines relating to these events.

Sport Guidelines

For federations who are hosting, or interested in hosting, SWI Sports Competitions, you can view our Guidelines for the following:

Education & International Proficiency Certificate Schedule

Proficiency Certificate Schedule

Welcome to our Education & International Committee Proficiency Certificate Programme.
We are delighted that you are considering sitting a certificate.
The downloadable booklet will give you all the answers to any queries you may have.

Handcrafts and Homeskills Proficiency Certificate Schedules

The new schedules are now available.  For the Homeskills there will be an additional new certificate. Once completed, it will be put on to this website and the Federations in the Central area will receive this as soon as is possible.

Handcrafts Schedule

Homeskills Proficiency Schedule


Weekend Residential Schools

SWI offers members the opportunity to attend weekend schools, particularly in handcrafts and Scottish Country Dancing. These are held in suitable venues in various parts of the Scotland.

Scottish Country Dance Weekend

The 2020 Scottish Country Dance Weekend for SWI members will be held in Fisher’s Hotel, Pitlochry on 6-8 March 2020.  The application form is available to download from the members area, login is required,  (Committees/Education & International Committee/Scottish Country Dance Weekend)

Handcrafts Residential Weekend School

The next handcrafts weekend school is scheduled to take place in the Spring of 2020. Details will follow nearer this time.

Study Tours

SWI organises Study Tours, both abroad and to other parts of the UK, which include programmes of educational visits and meetings with members of our sister organisations.

For further information, please contact the Education and International Secretary email: