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About Helen Round

Helen Round Textiles and Homeware

Helen Round is a British textile designer and print maker.

Her classic designs, inspired by the flora and fauna of the countryside and coastline are hand printed onto the highest quality linen
using traditional screen printing techniques.

The hand crafted linen collections of simple and functional homeware and kitchenware are all made and printed in her Cornish studios.
Using small batch production, each piece is made by skilled local artisans from start to finish, with special care and attention to detail.

How it all began…

Helen started the business on her kitchen table over six years ago. Having spent many years as a teacher working in community arts education
she was keen to get back to making. With a background in fine art textiles and a long time love of fabrics and printmaking, she decided to
combine the two and set out to create a range of simple, practical, things for the home.

Working on her sewing machine, it all began with an apron; a long cross over adaptation of a Japanese design which is now one of the best sellers.
From there, came a range of kitchen linens, the ever popular bread bag – a perfect eco storage solution, tea towels that dry your dishes, Aga tops
and beautiful table linen. Requests from customers for lampshades and cushions in her designs and soft linen colours expanded the range alongside
a useful selection of bags and pouches.

Helen’s designs start life as sketch book scribbles, fine line drawings capturing the surrounding beauty of her native Cornwall. She draws what she
sees and these line drawings have a gentle simplicity which are echoed in Helen’s life and beliefs. Her collections are little stories each with their own
unique background. Choose from the Garden Collection, Hedgerow, Honey Bee, Rame Head, Quayside and Coastal.

Why Linen?

Not just because we love it….  but flax, the plant from which linen is made, is a sustainable fibre that is recyclable and biodegradable.
It is gentle on the land, grows naturally and is easy to incorporate into modern crop rotation cycles. Linen is strong and naturally moth resistant.

As a fabric, linen has been around for centuries and dyed flax fibres found in a prehistoric cave in Georgia suggest the use of woven linen
fabrics from wild flax may date back even earlier to 36,000BP. We source all of our linen from a small family business in Europe – where it is
grown, woven and dyed to our colour palette.

Yes, it creases…but we love that about it too and there is much more to it than that! Most importantly, as we strive for a more sustainable economy,
linen is the natural choice for a slower, more thoughtful way of life.

Meet the Team

Helen heads up the team, hand screen prints all the linen fabric and, inspired by her native Cornwall, designs up all the wonderful product and collections.

Hayley and Megan are the makers, together they make all the linen products.

Hayley is the studio manager, she ensures everything is cut, printed and ready for sewing.
Hayley says, "Hello! I’ve been working for Helen Round for 4 years, helping to cut and sew all of the lovely products that we sell. I’ve loved sewing and working
with fabrics ever since I was small; I have lovely memories of learning how to sew buttons back on to my teddy bears with my Nan, and so finding a company
that lets me do one of my favourite things for a living is a joy!
One of my favourite products to make is our beautiful cushions, I always feel a great sense of achievement everytime I finish one, plus I think they look really
comfy all plumped up! As well as a passion for sewing, I love drawing and drinking tea - the two go together excellently - and I think (maybe slightly biasedly)
our range of mugs are the perfect size. I’ve worked my way up from making labels at the very beginning of my Helen Round journey, to completing an
apprenticeship in textiles, to now currently being the studio manager where I over-see everything linen!"

Megan is our marvellous lampshade maker, super on the sewing machine and helps to pack all your orders.
Meg says, "Textiles has always been a passion of mine; after studying for an HND in Fashion and Textiles at Art College I knew I loved making and that made me want to look for an apprenticeship within this line of work. I live locally and couldn’t believe my luck when my college tutor mentioned the opportunity at Helen Round. Working here has really helped to develop my skills as a maker. I love working with the linen fabric and helping to create such wonderfully high quality products. I especially like to make lampshades; I have managed to perfect my technique to be able to provide an excellent finish of which I am really very proud".

Carla is all things digital – design and marketing are where she does her magic! With a creative background in craft and photography, she oversees the website,
social media and all of the lovely product shots.

Bex helps to keep us all on track –  she is the keeper of lists and is exceptional at planning, helping us to see into the future! 

Together, we are a happy team of creatives who love what we do.

Helen Round products are now stocked by shops throughout the UK and can be found in both Europe and the US and, of course, online and in our shop at
Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall. Pop in if you are nearby – we are open daily from 11 – 4 and look forward to seeing you.

Watch us at work in the studio....