RHS - Scottish Handcrafts Winners 2023

Overall winner Lou Washington with Irene Warnock, President of Blairingone SWI.

Each year the SWI works in partnership with The Royal Highland Show to host the Scottish Handcrafts Championships. The SWI members volunteer as stewards and as judges.  This year we were delighted to welcome Irene Warnock, an SWI member and President of Blairingone SWI, to present the prizes.

As the wife of Jim Warnock, the Chairman of the RHASS, Irene had a busy schedule at the show and was especially pleased to be presenting the Championship Masterclass Prize for Best Overall Exhibit and the BRCS Perpetual Challenge Quaich for Best Overall Exhibit to fellow SWI member Lou Washington of Coldstream SWI. Lou also won the prize for Best Exhibit in Felt.
Huge congratulations to the following major winners too...
  • Reserve Championship Prize awarded by RHASS awarded to E Huda Bladon.
  • Agnes F Bryson Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the Exhibit of most outstanding merit in the Embroidery classes awarded to E Huda Bladon.
  • Jamieson & Smith Prize for Best Exhibit or Article in fine (cobweb) wool - hand knitted - awarded to E Huda Bladon.
  • E W Thomson Memorial Trophy for best exhibit with special reference to colour and design awarded to Sue Paice.
  • Jean Bruce Cash Prize for Best Exhibit in Handweaving, Knitting, Spinning or Crooks from Scottish Crofting counties awarded to David Broadbent.
  • Thomas Archibald Memorial Cash Prize for Best Shepherd’s Crook, Walking Stick or piece of Woodwork awarded to Iain Paterson.
  • Perpetual Challenge Silver Cup for Best Crook or Walking Stick awarded to Iain Paterson.
  • Mrs Allister Campbell Memorial Trophy (HC4) for Best set of Four Crooks and Sticks by one competitor awarded to Iain Paterson.
  • Edinburgh Knitting and Crochet Guild 1980-1994 Perpetual Challenge Trophy for Innovation and Creativity in Knitting and/or Crochet awarded to Marian McPhillips.
  • Mabel Ross Memorial Prize for Best Exhibit of a ‘fancy’ hand-spun yarn awarded to Samantha Case.
  • Scottish Basketmakers’ Circle Prize for Best Exhibit in Basketmaking was awarded to Bryce Reynard.
  • Madeira Threads Perpetual Trophy for Best Free Machine Embroidery Exhibit awarded to Margaret Main.
  • Annette Williamson Memorial Trophy & Cash Prize for Best Woven Item awarded to Marie Henderson.
  • Edinburgh Lace Club Award & Cash Prize for Best Exhibit of Lace in Section G with special reference to creativity awarded to Hazel Clark.
  • Jean Parker Prize for Best Exhibit of 2-ply handspun, extra fine, Shetland Yarn for lace knitting awarded to Laura Baigrie.
  • Best in Patchwork, Applique and Quilting awarded to Joan Duncan.
  • Best Exhibit in Painting awarded to Gillian Chapman.
A full list of all the winners can be viewed on the RHS website here 
The Scottish Handcrafts Championship is an international competition and is open to all. Next year's schedule has the theme The Four Seasons and will be confirmed later this year. This is the 2024 proposed schedule