Harriette Dottridge read this tribute to Auli at the planting of her favourite rose: Absolutely Fabulous, Steep Ashton, 21st August 2021.
Many members of our Guild knew and loved Auli for her warmth, knowledge, helpful teaching and demonstration of her wonderful skills. She met Val and Jenny Smart many years ago when the Guild used to meet in Rode and she learned to weave at Frome Weavers’ Workshop and then was a key part of the move to Steeple Ashton and brilliant at setting up the looms once here. It was her initiative to organise exchange trips with Estonian weavers and she helped organise and run these to, again, increase and pass on her knowledge. She learned her gardening knowledge from her mother and has passed this skill on down the generations.
I met her about eleven years ago and particularly remember her enthusiasm for gardening and dyeing with natural dyes when she ran regular dyeing sessions. Her encouragement inspired us all. She was keen to pass on and share her thorough knowledge and was meticulous in her weaving, setting herself challenges and striving to achieve them. Many of us have her lovely inkle woven name badges which she made for us to raise funds for the Guild.
Over recent years as she weakened, she still contributed to our Guild Days and used to amuse us with her zany coloured fingernails, cheerful participation and interest in all aspects of the textile crafts.
All of us who knew her still miss her and current members appreciate all the work she put into the garden here, which really is her legacy, so it is fitting that her favourite rose should be planted here in her memory.
Auli – we won’t forget you.