Events News & Information


Summer School 2020 will be held at Heriot Watt Textile College, Borders Campus, Galashiels from 20th to the 24th July 2020 . For those of you who have not been before, it is an excellent opportunity to meet other SWI members from all over Scotland as well as learning a new skill or perfecting one you have tried before. Further information can be found on the application form which can be downloaded from the members' area of the website, login required (Committees/Education & International/Summer School).  The closing date for applications is Friday 20th March. For further information, please contact the Education & International Events Co-ordinator -




Gardening Scotland will be held at Ingliston on the 29th – 31st May 2020. Once again SWI has been offered an opportunity to have a stand at this event. Throughout the weekend a variety of crafts will be demonstrated.

It will be Gardening Scotland's 21st event and so it has been decided that the Federation competition is for ‘A 21st Birthday Card for Gardening Scotland’ – (maximum size A5) Federations organise their own eliminations – contact your Federation Secretary for more information. The individual competition is for ‘3 Round Oatcakes’ and is open to all members of institutes. Any number of members per institute can enter. Contact your Federation, Institute Secretary or the Handcrafts & Homeskills Event Co-ordinator for more information. Window Boxes – for this competition they can be any size up to 60 cm in length – generally 20cm wide – plastic containers can be used for ease of transport. These can feature either ornamental or culinary plants. Window boxes will be judged from the front only. Please note that all application forms be sent to SWI and not Gardening Scotland. 

The entry forms and rules can be downloaded from the members area of the website or from the Handcrafts & Homeskills Event Co-ordinator - email: or call 0131 285 7117. The closing date is the 24th April 2020.


We will need stewards throughout the show for these events and we would be grateful if members would volunteer to steward for two hours. The shifts are from 10 a.m. – 12noon, 12noon – 2pm, 2pm-4pm with the rest of the time available to enjoy the show. Stewards will be offered entry tickets but no travel expenses.  If you are willing to steward at either or both of these shows, please complete the form(s) below and return to Handcrafts & Homeskills Event Co-ordinator as possible ( email: or call 0131 285 7117).  Stewards will be contacted nearer the time.

Gardening Scotland Steward Form


Tickets for Gardening Scotland 2020 are available from the link below




Handcrafts Weekend School - 3rd-5th April 2020

The classes being held are:

‘Buttons, Braids & Tassels’ Tutor – Brenda Simpson

‘Silk Ribbon Embroidery’ – Tutor – Heather King

Please note that both classes are now full.  Should you wish to apply your name will be added to a waiting list.

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


Theme 'Journeys'

Saturday, 25th April, 2020 – Corn Exchange, St Catherine Street, Cupar, Fife, KY15 4BT

This 2020 Variations on a Theme Competition, will be hosted by the Fife Federation. Further information and rules can be downloaded from the members area of the website, login required (Committees/Education & International/Variations on a Theme).

If you have an queries please contact the Education & International Committee Events Co-ordinator at



There are still places for fee paying pupils, at a cost of £200.00.  Please contact the Handcrafts & Homeskills Events Co-ordinator on



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 Events Co-ordinator -

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:

 Curling Bonspiel

The next Curling Bonspiel will take place on 2 March at Dewar's Centre Ice Rink, Perth.

Stadium Bowling Competition

The next Stadium Bowling competition will take place on 20th April 2020 at Falkirk Indoor Bowling Club.

National Golf Competition 2020

The next Golf Competition will take place on 24th August at Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Club, Stranraer, DG9 8TB. The application form and further information can be downloaded from the Members' Area of the website (committees/Education&International/National Golf Competition)


Ruralympics takes place on 5th September at Bells Sports Centre, Perth.  The application form can be downloaded from the members' area of the website, login required (Committees/Education and International/Ruralympics)

Outdoor Bowling Competition

The next Outdoor Bowling competition will take place on 15th September at Bainfield Bowling Club, Edinburgh.


*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

 Please note for the Coloured Embroidery, the hints No. 4 should read ‘only 1 article in Counted Thread on evenweave fabric’

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.  Applications have now closed.

Handcrafts Residential Weekend School

The next handcrafts weekend school will take place on the 3-5th April 2020 at Fisher's Hotel, Pitlochry, details can be found above.

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: