Tweedsmuir Competitions (2015-2018)

In 1945, Lady Tweedsmuir, wife of Lord Tweedsmuir who was Governor General of Canada, donated three silver cups to the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada for competitions to be held each triennium. The trophies with award winners’ names, are displayed at the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead.

Any Women’s Institute member in Canada can enter. The Provincial Units of Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada may submit one entry for each of the three categories.

Entries to be sent to your own Provincial office for judging. Please see your Provincial WI office for submission deadline dates for these competitions.

Anyone winning the same category at the Tweedsmuir Competition for three consecutive trienniums, is ineligible to compete in the following triennium.


Project: Recycled Handbag
Size: Approximately 12″ x 18″
Made of recycled materials
Must include one recycled item from the kitchen
Include a handle 12″ – 24″ long
Add a pocket
Letters “WI” must be visible somewhere on the item
Name and branch should be attached separately in sealed envelope

General appearance:  10
Presentation:  10
Design and Colour:  10
Workmanship:  20
Finishing:  30
Usability/functionality:  20
Total:  100


Project: ABC Sampler
Size: 12″ x 16″
Technique: Cross Stitch
Materials: Suitable fabric and thread for the project
Project must be completely hand-done, no machine work accepted
Project must be completely finished and ready for framing
Back must be visible
The letters “WI” must be visible somewhere on the sampler
Name and branch attached in sealed envelope

General Appearance:  15
Presentation:  20
Design and Colours:  20
Workmanship:  30
Back of project:  15
Total 100


Project: “Which famous Canada woman would you like to have dinner with and why?”
Length: An essay of 700-1000 words
This person can be dead or alive
Essay typed and double spaced
Put in folder or duo-tang
May add up to two pictures
Name and branch attached in sealed envelope

Story:  60
Content:  20
Neatness and Grammar:  10
Originality:  10
Total 100