Our organisation was founded almost 100 years ago. At that time there were very few opportunities for women outside the home. Monthly meetings were held to give women, especially those living in more rural areas, the chance to meet and socialise with other women in similar situations. The organisation has also always had an educational aim to continue lifelong learning of new skills.
Since the SWRI was established in 1917, we have been a leading organisation for women in Scotland. During this time, our Luckenbooth brooch logo and 'For Home & Country' motto have remained unchanged.
The future of our organisation is at the heart of our mission. We welcome all women in Scotland to join us and be part of their local institute. Therefore, a great deal of time has been spent considering what we should do to appeal to more women.
As a result, the SWI will introduce a pilot project adopting new-style flexible meetings at different times of the day and in different venues to fit in with the lifestyles of prospective new members. As part of this we have updated our logo to appeal to a wider and younger audience and launched a strapline 'women together' to encourage women to socialise, educate, learn and have fun as part of the SWI.
The word 'rural' has been carefully considered and dropped from our logo and our brand name to help communicate that the SWI is active across the whole country; in cities, in towns, in villages and indeed rural locations. We are Scotland wide.
As an organisation, we remain true to our values. We are not changing anything that is currently being done and will continue with pride based on our heritage, we are evolving and adding to our appeal for new members.
Know us as 'the rural' or know us as the SWI. All are welcome.
The Handcrafts Residential Weekend School will be held from Friday 9th to Sunday 11 October 2015 at Barony College Campus, Dumfries-shire. Members arrive in time for dinner on Friday and leave mid afternoon on Sunday. There are both Single and twin en-suite rooms available. Accommodation and all meals have been arranged at the College for the weekend; the price for Residents is £190.00 and the cost for non-residents is £120.00
This is a great chance to learn a new craft and enjoy the company of fellow SWI members whilst doing so.
The subjects on offer in 2015 are as follows:
Cold Porcelain with Tutor Alyson Reynolds - Further details to follow.
Tatting with Tutor – to be confirmed.
If you are interested and would like an application form with full details. Please write to: SWI Headquarters, 42 Heriot Row, Edinburgh EH3 6ES, enclosing a SAE.
Please return your application as soon as possible along with your £20.00 deposit*. The ballot for places will take place on 1st June 2015 - please note that this is not a closing date and places may still be available but to reserve your place at the class of your choice it is advisable to apply early (there are only 12 places at each class). The closing date** by which the balance (£170 - Resident) (£100.00 – Single) must be sent is Monday the 29th June 2015.
* Only in the event of SWI being unable to offer you a place, will your deposit be refunded. ** No refunds for cancellations will be made after the closing date for entries which is 29th June 2015, if SWI is unable to fill the place. We strongly recommend that members take out appropriate travel insurance.
Please note that there will be NO application form appearing in the Magazine.
This is to train scholars to take Federation classes in 2016.The subject chosen by the H&H Committee for the 2016 Evelyn Baxter Scholarship was Encaustic Art. Unfortunately due to a lack of applications the decision was taken for this to be cancelled. There will be no Evelyn Baxter School this year.
Handcraft Judges Tests will be in the SWRI Headquarters, 42 Heriot Row, Edinburgh on the 19th & 20th March 2015 in the following subjects:
Appliqué, Basketry, Canvas Work, Counted Thread, Fabric Boxes, Knitting Machine, Macramé, Patchwork, Hand, Pottery Handmade, Sewing, Spinning, Upholstery.
Application forms are available from Headquarters. Please send an S.A.E. The closing date for applications is Monday 12 January 2015.
The 2015 Competition will be for
A Stumpwork sample to be presented with an aperture not exceeding 4” x 4”
Only one entry should be submitted by a competitor.
Each Competitor will be responsible for their own entry, suitably packed to be delivered to SWRI Headquarters, 42 Heriot Row, Edinburgh, EH3 6ES. Either by hand or by post and to arrive not later than Friday the 25th September 2015. SWRI cannot be held responsible for an entry arriving damaged or late.
The entry form (accompanied by a fee of £1.50) should be returned to the Handcrafts Secretary, SWRI Headquarters, 42 Heriot Row, Edinburgh EH3 6ES not later than Friday 11th September 2015.Further instructions and details will be sent to each competitor after this date. No late entry forms will be accepted.
The closing date for the arrival of entries is Friday 25th September 2015. No late entries will be accepted.
Judging will take place at Headquarters in October 2015.
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 16th November 2015. Please note this is for members who attended the 2014 Federation classes only.
Please contact Pamela Black H & H Secretary for an entry form and if you wish your entry to be acknowledged, please send a SAE
Members please note that the Handcrafts and Housewives schedules are now available for download please click below.
Please note that you are now able to download the Education and International Committee Proficiency Test Schedule and Rules for Candidates.
Please go to the For Members Page and look at Tests.
This is a national competition which provides a marvellous opportunity for the organisation to showcase our culinary skills in association with the Scottish Countryside Alliance who will sponsor the competiont.
Click on the links below for full details.
Some videos are available on the SWRI YouTube channel, highlighting some exhibits from the SWRI Summer School 2014. Click on the image below to view the image on YouTube.
Rural Matters were at the Scottish Women's Rural Institutes reception at the Scottish Parliament recently. They interviewed Christine Hutton, the National Chairman, and some of the members attending.
A number of short videos highlighting some of the entries in SWRI Handcrafts & Housewives Conference 11 and 12 September 2013 Elgin are available to view on the SWRI YouTube channel.
More short videos will be available shortly.
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