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24 06, 2017

Cornish Hevva Cake Recipe

By | June 24th, 2017|A Cornish Summer, Cornish Recipe, Fine Bone China, Hand Printed Linen Textiles, Helen Round, Rame Head|0 Comments

Cornish Hevva Cake

We are not just famous for our pasties!!

If you are holidaying in Cornwall this year, as well as sampling the occasional pasty, be sure to look out for some Hevva Cake….. (if you live too far away… never fear, you’ll find the recipe below)!

I recently visited Krowji, Cornwall’s largest creative hub, based in Redruth, for Open Studios and took the opportunity to nip over to Portreath Bakery to sample some of their famous Hevva Cake… a beautiful Cornish fruit cake. Traditionally, so the story goes, made by the Pilchard huers when they returned home from work. It was the huers’ job to keep look out, on cliffs and in huer’s huts, for shoals of pilchards. They would shout ‘Hevva’, ‘Hevva’ when they saw the sea bubbling with fish. This then helped the fishermen to locate the perfect spot to cast their nets. Legend has it, after all that shouting, they would nip home and bake a bit of Hevva cake (like you do!) in readiness for the crews’ return. The cakes are about 1/2″ thick, with a criss-cross pattern scored across the top, to represent the fishing nets.

The 19th Century, Grade II-listed Huer's Hut on the Towan headland, Newquay

The 19th Century, Grade II-listed Huer’s Hut on the Towan headland, Newquay

Marion from The Portreath Bakery recently shared her recipe with Cornwall Today Magazine, so I thought I’d have a go! I remember my Mum making it, and it being one of my Dad’s favourites, but up until now, I’ve yet to give it a try. The addition of a pinch of saffron is optional but adds a nice Cornish twist! Also, don’t forget a liberal sprinkling of sugar on the warm cake once out of the oven. I brushed a little milk onto the warm cake first to help it stick!

Cornish Hevva Cake Recipe

Stirring the fruit into the butter and flour

Cornish Hevva Cake Recipe

Ingredients: (makes 1 thin cake)

175g plain flour
1/4tsp fine salt
1-2tsp ground ginger, cinnamon or mace, or a combination, to taste (optional)
40g granulated sugar
40g each of unsalted butter and lard (or 80g butter, if you prefer)
75g currants
25-50g chopped mixed peel (optional)
About 2tbsp milk or water


1) Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/gas mark 5. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
2) Mix the flour, salt, spices (if using) and sugar together. Rub in the fat until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix in the other ingredients, including just enough milk or water to make a stiff dough.
3) On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to about 1cm thick and in a rough oval shape. Carefully lift on to the baking sheet. Make a criss-cross pattern on the top with a sharp knife.
4) Bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes, until golden (it won’t rise very much). Serve warm, or allow to cool then store in an airtight container.

Helen Round cornish hevva cake recipe

I must say, I’m quite pleased with my hevva cake making results…Megan, our lovely apprentice, rather liked it too!

Helen Round Cornish delicious hevva cake recipe

Mugs, napkins and hevva cake by Helen Round

Enjoyed with a nice cup of Cornish tea in our lovely bone china mugs

bone china mugs from Cornwall by Helen Round

Linen napkins by Helen Round

 Linen apron dress by Helen Round



21 06, 2017

Linen Aprons For Somerset Rural Life Museum

By | June 21st, 2017|Hand Printed Linen Textiles, Helen Round, Made In Cornwall|0 Comments

I am a museum lover! So much so that when my children were little, they threatened never to come on holiday with me again if we had to go to Museums and Art Galleries….of course, they are older now and thank me for their cultural education… and love to visit both!! I can’t wait until the day when they start taking their children to museums!!

Earlier this year we received a telephone call from Robin Savill, the Visitor Services Manager, at the Somerset Rural Life Museum telling us all about the fabulous redevelopment that the museum was currently undergoing. Due to open its door on June 3rd 2017, he needed ‘uniform’ for his newly appointed staff and asked if we would make linen aprons for them all.

The Museum tells the story of Somerset’s rich rural and social history and provides a family-friendly destination which has learning, access and discovery at its heart. Based in Glastonbury, visitors will be able to explore rural life from the 1800s onwards and discover more about the county’s heritage including its landscape, food and farming, working life and rural crafts. Well worth a visit…. and my children are keen to go with me!!

Museum staff wearing their linen aprons!

Printing the pockets for the linen aprons using traditional silk screen printing techniques

Having the opportunity to make a bespoke product is always an exciting challenge. Collaboration with other businesses is something which we all really enjoy here in the studio and it’s great to see the print coming off the screen for the first time, to experiment with the print placement and then make up the aprons. Even better to see the museum staff wearing them!!

The museum is now open to visitors and if you manage to visit, do let us know what you think!



30 05, 2017

Walking The Rame Peninsula – Inspiration For The Rame Head Collection

By | May 30th, 2017|A Cornish Summer, Cornish Walks, Father's Day, Hand Printed Linen Textiles, Helen Round, Made In Cornwall, Rame Head|0 Comments

Living in Cornwall definitely has its benefits! Yes, we are miles away from big cities and major airports but being able to step outside your front door and enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in the world (ok..I’m biased), is just one of the things I love about living here.


All of my drawings, my collections, are inspired by the landscape that surrounds the studio. My first ever collection, The Rame Head Collection came from countless walks in and around Whitsand Bay, a little bit of Cornwall often forgotten, its steep cliffs dotted with chalets, which were once retreats for Plymouth people during wartime, and are now permanent homes to locals with some available as holiday rentals!

The amazing golden beach stretches out before you, with Tregantle at one end and Polhawn at the other…..to the left of Polhawn sits Rame Head. This whole coastline is part of the Cornish footpath and is well trodden by locals and visitors alike. Climbing down the cliff, arduous in places, is well worth the effort for a day on the beach…where sometimes, in the quieter months, there is only a seagull or two for company!

My children have been climbing the cliff since they were babies….urged on by the sight of the sea, sandcastle making and a swim. The journey home, back up the cliff required more encouragement, tired at the end of a long day, their little legs were spurred on by the idea of jelly beans doled out at every bend in the path!

Another steep climb, but, oh, so worth it, is the ascent to the little chapel on Rame Head. Dedicated to St Michael the chapel was first licensed in 1397 and is on the site of a much earlier and ancient, Celtic hermitage. Views from the top are breathtaking and on a clear, calm day you can see for miles….a prominent landmark to sailors and fisherman alike and often the last piece of land they see leaving England and the first they see when returning home….a truly magical place and loved by so many.

From Rame Head, you can walk east to Penlee and on to the villages of Kingsand and Cawsand or west, tracing the path along the cliffs of Whitsand Bay. Next to the car park at Rame Head, is home to a volunteer National Coastguard lookout station. If you visit, do pop in and say hello to the people who work there…got to be one of the best working views in the country!!

There are so many beautiful walks around this little bit of Cornwall, ‘the forgotten corner’ and if you haven’t already managed a visit, I would really recommend you add it to your ‘to do’ list.

We would love to hear about your favourite Cornish walk…..so please do comment below…..

Rame Head Linen Tea Towel Helen Round

29 06, 2016

Linen Fabric Off Cuts Go To A Good Cause

By | June 29th, 2016|Hand Printed Linen Textiles, Helen Round|0 Comments

Cowslip Workshops, located in Launceston Cornwall, is a dream destination for those of us who love fabric, sewing and sewing machines!! It’s also a fabulous place to stop off for lunch, indulge in tea and cake and take in the wonderful views from the farm. Jo Colwill has worked extremely hard to create a ‘sanctuary’ for those of us for whom textiles is a passion. I visit twice a year to exhibit at their successful Summer and Christmas Fair and it was here that I met Di Wells, a fellow Cornish Textile Artist and teacher. Di visited the stall and bought some of our printed fabric pieces for a textiles project she had in mind. We didn’t get much chance to chat at the Fair as it was a very busy day, but Di later emailed me and told me exactly what she intended to do with the pieces she had bought.

Helen Round pasr bag di wells







She explained that she works very closely with International Community Assist (ICA) a charity who, amongst other things, work to provide sewing machines and teach sewing skills to desperately poor women in Albania in order to help them out of poverty by creating jobs within the textile industry. in fact, the charity has to date, taught 265 women to sew of which 145 are now in full time employment and 68 are self employed. Di visited us in the studio and we felt we wanted to help in some way, so donated a number of our linen fabric off cuts and printed pieces. With the printed pieces she has created bags that she then sold at a fund raiser. The other linen off cuts being sent out to Albania for the women to use in their sewing projects.


If you’d like to find out more about ICA and the amazing work that Di and her husband do to support the charity, take a look at this article Sewing For Life from ‘Creative With Workbox Magazine‘ which contains some lovely stories and case studies about the women who the charity has helped, with positive life changing consequences.

We will be at Cowslip Summer Fair 23-24th July….visit our events page for further details. Once again, and exclusively to Cowslip events, we will be bringing a lovely selection of our hand printed linen panels and selected bags of colourful linen off cuts just perfect for sewing projects and quilting ideas. We look forward to seeing you there. Don’t forget to book your table for lunch!

14 05, 2016

Making Linen Bread Bags And Bread

By | May 14th, 2016|Hand Printed Linen Textiles, Helen Round, In the studio, Made In Cornwall, Uncategorised|0 Comments

imageWith REAL BREAD WEEK fast approaching (14-22 May), I thought it would be a great opportunity to share some thoughts and recipes about bread and bread bags with you! We recently visited our lovely local bakery in Kingsand to film one of their wonderful Sourdough classes and have included Chris’s recipe and a link to our exciting new video below.

The idea of bread bags is a fairly new concept for us here in the UK…the French have been using them for years, but with the rise in popularity of home baking and bread making, comes the need for something in which to store bread. I’m sure we have all once owned a bread bin and witnessed the mould which seems to miraculously grow overnight….! Bread likes to breathe and in a sealed container it gets hot and sweaty – a perfect breeding ground for mould spores. Put your bread in a linen bread bag and it’s a different story. Linen, being a natural fibre, allows the bread to breathe. It is a fabric with a high water content and this in turn helps to keep a good crust (quite unlike a plastic bag that will soften the crust and cause the bread to sweat…not a nice thought!).

We are obviously big fans of linen bread bags here in the studio; they’re not just very practical, they are beautiful too. They take up much less space on your work top and for those with limited kitchen worktop space, there is even a hook for handy hanging. Add this to the fact that you can also use your bread bag, with the top rolled down, to serve bread at the table, as a basket…they have to be a winner. We have two in our kitchen, one for the sourdough and one for other bread products. Long gone are the plastic carrier bags and the bulky bread bin!!

It’s not just us that are fans either….River Cottage in Axminster recently commissioned us to make bread bags to help celebrate their 10th year at Park Farm….you can find them in their lovely shop along with our linen tea towels, both especially printed with their birthday logo.

Have a look at our new video ‘Making Bread Bags & Bread’….do let us know what you think. Special thanks go to Matilda Butler for making another great film.

If, like us, you are passionate about real bread, you can get involved in Real Bread Week here.

If you fancy having a go at making your own sourdough then try Chris’s recipe or even better book yourself onto one of his courses.

Making A Starter
Before you can begin to make sourdough bread you will need to make a Starter.

Day 1 Weigh 50g strong bread flour.  Add 50g water, ideally at 24o centigrade.  Mix and leave for 24 hours in a warm place
Day 2 After 24 hours, take 50g of the mixture, add 50g flour and 50g water, ideally at 24o centigrade.  Mix and leave for 24 hours in a warm place.
Day 3 Repeat day 2.  You should be seeing some bubbles on the surface of the mixture.  If not don’t worry.
Day 4 Repeat day 2.  You should be seeing some bubbles on the surface of the mixture.  If you don’t have any bubbles, something is wrong and you should start again.
Day 5 You should see bubbles and it is now ready to be used to raise bread or can be stored in the fridge in a lidded pot ready for your to use to bake bread. 

Preparing your Starter
Twenty-four hours before you want to start to make bread you need to prepare your Starter.  This is called making a Levain.

The day before you want to bake

-In the morning, take your Starter out of the fridge and mix 25g of Starter with 25g of flour and 25g of water.
– Leave this mixture in a warm place – approximately 22o centigrade
-In the evening use 25g of the Starter and mix with 75g of flour and 75g of water
-The following day your Starter will be ready to use.  It will be bubbly and should have increased in size by 20%
-Keep 50g of Starter in a lidded pot in the fridge.  This is now your Starter for the next loaf.  It can be stored for up to 3 months

Sourdough Recipe


450g Strong White Bread Flour
50g Wholemeal Bread Flour
7.5g Finely Ground Sea Salt
300g/325ml Tap Water
125g Starter/Levain


  1. Weigh 450g strong white bread flour and 50g wholemeal bread flour into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Measure 325ml tap water into a small bowl/jug, tare scales, weigh 125g Starter into the tap water
  3. Pour the water and Starter into the flour
  4. Roll-up sleeves and mix ingredients together for 2-3 minutes until all the ingredients are completely combined
  5. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave for 15 minutes
  6. After 30 minutes sprinkle salt over the dough and mix thoroughly for one minute
  7. After 20 minutes, pull and stretch the dough, repeating several times
  8. Cover the dough with a tea towel and leave for 20 minutes
  9. Repeat this process of folding the dough four times, leave in a warm room (22o) for 15 minutes between each fold
  10. Leave the dough to prove for 3 to 4 hours.
  11. Score your loaf. Bake for 40 minutes at 240o or 220o fan oven until the bread is a deep golden colour.  To test whether your bread is baked tap the bottom – it should sound hollow.



18 02, 2016

Happy Mother’s Day

By | February 18th, 2016|embroidery, etched glass, greetings cards, Hand Printed Linen Textiles, Helen Round, In the studio, jewellery, Made In Cornwall, Mother's Day, Mother's Day Gifts, porcelain, porcelain lighting, silver, stationery|0 Comments

big picIt’s that time of year again, and when I asked my Mum what she would you like for Mother’s Day, this was her reply!
“Oh yes, one of your make up bags please…..mine’s worn out”.
“Does it have to be one of my things?”, I replied “….pick something else!”
So, after a few evenings browsing on her ipad, here are my Mum’s top picks for Mother’s Day gifts. As a lover of craft and locally made items, all of these beautiful products are made in the UK by skilled designer makers.
I’ve included links to their websites so that you can browse around and see what other lovely things they have – take a look and let me know which is your favourite!

Fabulous cards from Studio Scrase. Perfect as greetings cards or writing 'thank you' notes

Fabulous cards from Studio Scrase. Perfect for all occasions and great for writing ‘thank you’ notes. Based in Bath’s Artisan Quarter, Studio Scrase create unique and stylish greetings cards and stationery.

Naked Urchin Lamp from Amy Cooper Ceramics

Naked Urchin Lamp from Amy Cooper Ceramics Based in Cornwall, Amy designs and makes unique porcelain lighting inspired by the world under the sea, the world under the microscope and the magic of landscapes at twilight.

Opaque turquoise glass earrings, set on a hammered eco-silver wire from Sarah Drew

Opaque turquoise glass earrings, set on a hammered eco-silver wire from Sarah Drew who makes jewellery and vintage headdresses from found objects such as driftwood, sea glass and slate pebbles, combined with silver.

These fun etched bottles from Vinegar And Brown Paper..perfect for gin!!

These fun etched bottles from Vinegar And Brown Paper…..perfect for gin!! Andy Poplar, designs and etches in his studios, based in Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

This delightful little nuthatch from Sarah Perry would be a real treat!

This delightful little nut hatch from Sarah Perry would be a real treat! Working in a three dimensional way, using fine embroidery threads, Sarah creates birds and animals in their habitat.

And finally, our hand printed make up and toiletry bag from The Garden Collection

And finally, our hand printed make up and toiletry bag from The Garden Collection, with a design inspired by flowers surrounding our studios.

Would you like to find out more about these designer makers? Keep an eye on our blog as we shall have some interesting Q&A’s with them over the coming months.