We have weekly events across all our Federations and will be posting a full event diary soon, as part of the website.
Below is a summary of our main and most popular events for members. We hope you take part and look forward to seeing you there.
Please also note, if you are a member and would like to add an event to this page, please contact us and we would be delighted to add it to the events diary.
University of Stirling, Stirling – 30 July – 3 August 2018
Attending SWI summer school affords members from throughout Scotland the ideal opportunity to learn new skills, renew acquaintances and make new friends. In 2018 we will be based at Stirling University. So, whether it will be your first SWI Summer School or you have been before, we hope that you will apply to come in 2018. It’s time to think about which class you would like to attend.
We hope to organise the following classes:
KNOW YOUR OWN SEWING MACHINE All the techniques shown in this class will combine to allow participants to use them in their own choice project. Some of the work the class will be exploring are sewing machine layout, functions, stitches, threading, utility stitches, decorative stitches, needles including twin needle work, threads, drop feed and its uses, maintenance, trouble shooting and cleaning. We will also be looking at various machine feet and how to utilise them. Backings, Couching, Free Motion, Cords, Tassels and Quilting will all be explored. Tutor: Pat Stone
MINDFULNESS “Creating Space with Johnny Glover" - Johnny will introduce the course on Monday evening. Each day will start with a gentle yoga class consisting of breathing practices, gentle movement and relaxation. After the break there will be a Qigong class - consisting of gentle standing movements (easier than Tai Chi) and short sitting practices. After lunch there will be a Mindfulness class and after the break a concluding talk. The posture work is slow and gentle and therefore suitable for complete beginners and those with conditions for which strenuous exercise is not advised. Please bring comfortable layers of clothing so that you can move freely yet remain warm and a blanket for the relaxations. There will be spare mats, blocks and cushions, but you are welcome to bring your own. Tutor: Johnny Glover
PLAIN SEWING You are invited to come along, enjoy and learn techniques of plain sewing which will equip you with knowledge and understanding of the topic. The article will be of simple construction but will include many elements of plain sewing. This will enable you to feel comfortable to sit your plain sewing certificate in the future. Tutor: Marion Tannock
PUBLIC SPEAKING Speaking in public can often be a daunting and uncomfortable task and we all have to do it at some point in time. There are many occasions where speaking in public can occur, for example, giving a presentation, an interview, a team meeting, a formal speech, an introduction to an event etc. We can do this well or we can do this badly, and the outcome strongly affects the way that people think about us. We are all afraid of failure and this is why public speaking causes so much anxiety, sweaty palms and concern. This practical workshop will provide you with an introduction and tips on how to overcome nervousness and anxiety and in doing so increase your confidence to speak in public. Topics covered will include vocal technique, body language and audience engagement. You will receive feedback in preparation for a short exercise to be presented to your peer group at the end of the workshop. As well as improving your skills and confidence at speaking in public there will be some laughs along the way. Tutor: Dave Bennet
SILK PAINTING In this class students will be using specific silk paints, run resist solution and sea salt for effect. They will be mixing colours and using shading to complete at least one of each of these – cushion cover, picture, scarf, card and more if time allows. Tutor: Margaret Fleming
SINGING FOR FUN Imagine doing an activity which is good for you physically, socially, emotionally and mentally; and sharing in fun and laughter at the same time. We will use songs from a variety of sources, including well-known and not-so-well-known numbers. You do not have to be a ‘singer’ but you do have to enjoy singing! Tutor: Cath Munro
SKETCHING AND DRAWING This class will be looking at and experimenting with various mediums to draw and sketch. Learning about and using tonal variation. Adding colour. Making quick informative sketches for use in paintings. Drawing from observation, photos and imagination. Tutor: May Snaddon
SWI reserve the right to cancel classes should there be insufficient support.
The accommodation for the Summer School will be in Willow Court which is short walk from the classrooms and refectory. However, it has a car park, so is fully accessible for those who do not wish to walk between buildings. All the accommodation will be in single ensuite bedrooms.
If you are interested and would like to receive an application form with full details regarding cost etc, please write to SWI Headquarters, 42 Heriot Row, Edinburgh, EH3 6ES with SAE. These forms will be posted out on Thursday, 4 January 2018. Return your application as soon as possible. Ballot for places will take place on Thursday, 18 January 2018. Please note that this is not a closing date and places may still be available well after this date but to reserve your place at the class of your choice it is advisable to apply early. Please note applying early does not guarantee a place.
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.
The 2018 Scottish Country Dance Weekend for SWI members will be held in Fisher’s Hotel, Pitlochry on 9, 10, and 11 March.
For more information please contact SWI Headquarters.
The Handcrafts Weekend School will take place 12th to 14th October 2018. The venue is Peebles Hydro Hotel. The subjects are ‘Soft Furnishings’ – the Tutor will be Isobel Robertson. ‘Cane Basketry’ – the Tutor will be Helen Quartermaine. This is also open to non-residents. If you wish an application form, please send an S.A.E to SWI Headquarters for the attention of Pamela Black. Please note there are only 12 spaces available per class and therefore there will be a ballot for places. This will take place on the 31st May 2018.
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.
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.
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:
20 March 2018 at The Peak, Stirling
Stadium Bowling Competition
17 April 2018
Arbroath & District Indoor Bowling Club
Please note this is a new date
Outdoor Bowling Competition
28 August 2018 at Duff House Royal Golf Club, Banff
The next Walking Weekend for SWI Members will take place in Spring 2019.
*Please click the side arrow to access the Guidelines relating to these events.
The Royal Highland Show is from 21 - 24 June 2018.
SWI is responsible for managing the Handcrafts Pavilion.
The office bearers and members on duty in the Handcrafts Pavilion look forward to meeting you at the show
JANUARY to DECEMBER 2018/2019
Subject - Needle Felting
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we now only have one Scholar - Jay Hutchison, Perth & Kinross who will be able to run the classes. Requests for any federation classes can also be held in 2019. This information has been sent to the Federation and Handcraft & Housewives Secretaries. Please contact Pamela Black at SWI Headquarters office, if you have any queries. In the event of a federation having to cancel their class, Headquarters and the Scholar must be informed at least four weeks in advance.
Welcome to our National Proficiency Certificate Programme. We are delighted that you are considering sitting a Certificate.
New Proficiency Certificate Schedules
A new Handcrafts and also Housewives Proficiency Certificate schedule marked ‘Revised & Updated 2017’ has been compiled. If you wish to apply for a Certificate, please ensure that you have a copy of this. Both Proficiency Certificate Schedule ‘Rules for Candidates’ Booklets are available free of charge from Headquarters or please contact Pamela Black by email firstname.lastname@example.org
**Members please note these are for tests being applied for from 2018 onwards. Application forms and information for Autumn and Spring 2018 tests for the federations eligible have been sent out. If you wish to apply, please contact your Handcrafts & Housewives Secretary. All applications must go through your secretary. These then are forwarded to Headquarters. The deadline for Spring Certificates is the 1st of October for the following year and the deadline for Autumn Certificates is the 1st of March.
The downloadable booklets will give you all the answers to any queries you may have.
Hand Patchwork and Machine Patchwork Certificates
Please note this page has been amended, if you have a copy of the new schedule please download this page and attach it or alternatively download the amended booklet above.
The subject chosen by the Handcrafts & Housewives Committee for the 2019 Evelyn Baxter Scholarship is Basic Embroidery.
The four day scholarship school will be held in SWI Headquarters from day to day 2018 inclusive. 9.30 to 4pm (Friday 9.15 to 3.15pm). The tutor will be Ann McGuchan.
The Scholarship pays for scholars’ travel, accommodation and tuition during the school. The scholars will be selected by interview and, where possible, one will be from the North of the country and one from the South.
The Scholarship is not intended for beginners. The nominee should have a keen interest in needle felting in order to gain maximum advantage from the course. It is a condition of the Scholarship that the selected members must be willing to take classes at Federation level, without a tuition fee, during the scholarship year, although travel and accommodation costs will be paid by the Federation receiving the tuition. Each Federation should ensure that its nominee understands this condition before putting her name forward for consideration.
Nominations should be sent through the Federation to Headquarters, with brief biographical notes on the applicant. A few additional places are available, at a cost of £200.00 for fee paying pupils. Forms have been sent out to all Federations and nominations should reach Headquarters not later than 2017. Interviews will be held as soon as possible thereafter. If your Federation has no nominations it would be appreciated if they would please indicate this on the form and return it by the above date.
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.
The 2018 Competition will be for a ‘Spring Floral Crochet Wreath’
Please note this is only for members who attended the 2017 Federation classes.
Should you wish to enter please contact Pamela Black at SWI Headquarters. The entry form (accompanied by a fee of £1.50) should be returned to the Handcrafts Secretary, SWI Headquarters, 42 Heriot Row, Edinburgh EH3 6ES not later than Friday 14th September 2018 Further instructions and details will be sent to each competitor after this date. No late entry forms will be accepted. Each Competitor will be responsible for his/her own entry, suitably packed for being delivered to SWI Headquarters, 42 Heriot Row, Edinburgh, EH3 6ES to arrive not later than Friday September 28th 2018. SWI cannot be held responsible for an entry arriving damaged or late. If you have not received further instructions, including tags etc, by 21ST September 2018, please contact Headquarters. The closing date for the arrival of entries is Friday 28th September 2018. No late entries will be accepted. Judging will take place at Headquarters in October 2018. Headquarters will arrange for the unpacking and repacking of entries at the time of judging. Entries will be displayed at Headquarters during the November meetings week, commencing 19th November 2018. For acknowledgement of your entry please send an S.A.E
Dates to follow - The Federation competition will be for a Rhubarb & Ginger Jam and the Individual Competition will be for ‘3 Empire Biscuits’. Information and entry forms will be emailed out to federations and be available on the website in due course.
The 2018 Warnock Trophy Competition is:
“A Montage - Centenary Celebrations – Maximum Size A3”
The entry form is available from Headquarters, please send a stamped self-addressed envelope. Or alternatively it is available to download from the SWI website, under the Communications Committee section on the Members Area.
The closing date for entry forms is Friday, 15 June 2018 and the closing date for the entry is Friday, 29 June 2018.