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Triennial Competitions 2024

Susan Buchan, Lady Tweedsmuir

Let your creativity shine at the 2024 Triennial

In 1945, Susan Buchan, Lady Tweedsmuir (wife of John Buchan, The Right Honourable Lord Tweedsmuir and 15th Governor General of Canada) donated three silver cups to the Federated Women's Institutes of Canada to be awarded for home craft competitions each Triennium. 

 

The Tweedsmuir cups remain on display at the WI Canada National Offices throughout the year with each winner's name appearing on a plaque on the base.  The legacy of previous winners inspire new rounds of competitors each triennium, along with an archive of competition winners of years gone by.

Please explore this page for this Triennium's competitions, rules, and submission guidelines. Please note there are some changes new this round! 

Deadline for entries is September 1, 2024, if mailing to Nova Scotia and September 17th, 2024, if bringing the entry to Nova Scotia.

 

Submissions that are mailed in must be received by September1,2024 at the following address (not the FWIC office): FWIC President-elect, Lynn MacLean; PO Box 493, Pictou, NS B0K 1H0.

Handicraft Competition: 

Project: Appliqué wall hanging. This can be in any medium.
Rules:
• Size: maximum 30” (76.2cm) X 42” (106.68cm)
• Can be either hand-done or by machine.
• Must be completely finished and ready for hanging.
• Back must be visible.
• Follow the general rules.
Scoring Points
General Appearance: 15
Presentation: 20
Design and colours: 20
Workmanship: 30
Back of the pro
ject: 15

 

 

Hand Embroidery
Green Typewriter

Cultural Competition 

 

Project: “Your Memories of the Queen”. This could be a short story of when the Queen visited your area.
RULES:
• Length: maximum of 6 pages
• May include pictures.
• Needs to be typed and double spaced.
• Use the font ARIAL; size# 12.
• Spelling and grammar scored under general appearance.
• Follow the general rules.
Scoring Points
Content: 60
General appearance: 20
Originality: 20

History/Heritage Competition 

Project: Share a story of a family member or friend that was involved in a war. This could be in the form of a poem, song, or short story.
RULES:
• Length: 300 -- 1000 words
• May add up to 2 pictures.
• Needs to be typed and double spaced.
• Use the font ARIAL; size# 12.
• Spelling and grammar scored under general appearance.
• Follow the general rules.
Scoring Points
Most inspiring: 50
General appearance: 20
Originality: 30
 

Family Photo Album
Carbon Sketching

Community Competition 

Project: Write an essay talking about a branch community project. This could be a one-time project or one that is ongoing.
Rules:
•  Length: 500-1000 words
•  May include pictures.
•  Needs to be typed and double spaced.
•  Use the font ARIAL; size# 12.
•  Spelling and grammar scored under general appearance.
•  Follow the General Rules
Scoring Points
Content:       60
General appearance: 20
Originality:      20
 FWIC would like to thank PEIWI for their financial donation of $500 which will be used as prize money for the competitions.

Senator Cairine Wilson Competition (2021 – 2024) 


Topic: Empowered Woman- describe an empowered woman or someone who has empowered others using an artistic medium.
• This could be an article in fabric, paint, sculpture etc., be artistic.
• Include a short description of the submission.
• Follow general rules.
Scoring Points
General Appearance: 20
Workmanship: 30
Presentation: 20
Originality: 30

Cairine Wilson c. 1940.jpg

GENERAL RULES
• There will be no limit to the number of entries submitted by Provincial members, however, only one entry per category per person will be considered.
• All submission must have name, Province, Branch, email address and phone number attached in a sealed envelope.
• Submissions that are mailed in must be received by September1,2023 at the following address (not the FWIC office): FWIC President-elect, Lynn MacLean; PO Box 493, Pictou, NS B0K 1H0.
• Otherwise, submissions must be brought in on the first day of Convention, September 17, 2024, to be judged. Late submissions will not be considered.
• All entries must be picked up at the end of the Convention or arrangements made to return the items at the expense of the submitter.
• FWIC/WI Canada will not be held responsible for lost or damaged submissions.
• Winners must give permission for the use of their photo, name, province, and branch by the FWIC/WI Canada on their website, social media pages, and newsletters.
• Photos of people in the competitions must have their permission for the use by FWIC/WI Canada
• Copyrights must be adhered to (Permissions in writing for copyright items must be provided).

Send your entries by mail to: 

P.O. Box 209, 359 Blue Lake Rd., St. George, ON  N0E 1N0

or send digital entries to president-elect@fwic.ca  or info@fwic.ca

Past- President's Competition: 

By:  Joan Holthe (President 2018-2021)

I have decided to create a competition that would help fill the shelves at the Adelaide Hunter Homestead store, therefore, please be aware that your articles will not be returned (unless specified).  There are no quantity limits established per person, every contribution is welcome, and it would be very helpful if provinces could designate a central location for collection and travel to Truro, NS.  by their delegates.I would like this to be a friendly competition, where judging is done by viewers choice, during the triennial. 

 

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The winners of the three categories will each win a prize:

First                 $60.00

Second             $25.00

Third                $15.00

 It will be necessary for a small folded piece of paper be taped or pinned to the article with the artist’s name, address and phone number on it.

The categories are:

  1. Knitted or crocheted clothing attire, for child, under one year

  2. Quilted table runner, length under 40 inches

  3. Christmas tree ornament, set of two

Thanks everyone, have fun!

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