DuchessFroufrou

Heirloom Quality Goods, Hand-Dyed Fabrics & Buttons

Morrisville, New York On Etsy since 2007

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DuchessFroufrou

Heirloom Quality Goods, Hand-Dyed Fabrics & Buttons

Morrisville, New York | 386 Sales

Announcement    Welcome! Shop here for unique heirloom quality, handmade items and gifts, hand-dyed fabrics and supplies, and vintage sewing buttons.

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Welcome! Shop here for unique heirloom quality, handmade items and gifts, hand-dyed fabrics and supplies, and vintage sewing buttons.

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Cynthia Busic-Snyder

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About DuchessFroufrou

Sales 386
On Etsy since 2007

I make stuff.

My Filipino mom had me hand-sewing by the time I was 4 (at least in my mind) and I remember I couldn't wait to learn to use the sewing machine! She was the leader of our elementary school blue bird and campfire girl group, and carefully prepared craft projects for weekly meetings, and encouraged us to attend camp where the swimming, hiking, and woodsy craftiness permeated my psyche. Among my favorites were dyeing fabric and sewing objects d'art to enter in the state fair.

My obsession with both hand and power tools (especially sharp ones) was fostered by my dad. He often took my older brother and I to visit a family friend who taught me to carve little figures out of wood by the time I was in second grade. An awesome high school art teacher who always said, "let's figure it out" to anything artsy we wanted to try, introduced me to drawing, painting, ceramic and silkscreen processes while the drama teacher had me painting play sets late into the evening.

Enamored with shiny things, my best bud and I met for a girls' weekend at an obscure town in PA to look at vintage buttons...and ended up buying half the business. In our dotage we knew we wanted to open some sort of sewing or craft specialty store, and believed this was the beginning. Unfortunately we are still separated by time and distance, and haven't realized that chapter of our lives. Slowly, but surely I open boxes of lovely buttons (like those my grandmother had saved in an old cookie tin) and photograph them to share with you.

As a recovering author, educator, and art director I still find painting myself sewing for the school plays and painting sets or sidetracked on a silkscreen or etching, but have returned to my childhood love of dyeing fabric in artful ways for your use in handmade quilts clothing, and home decor items. Enjoy!

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  • Cynthia Busic-Snyder

    Owner, Designer, Creator

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Last updated on Jan 23, 2018
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Sizing details

I purchase 60 inch wide fabric from a mill in the United States, and rip it into 1 or 2 meter lengths to allow for shrinkage during the dyeing process. The result is that the units are slightly longer than a yard (usually around 37 inches) and the width falls around 58 inches.

Because I rip the fabric into the standard units for sale, you can block the fabrics for accurately constructed quilts and home goods. NO CROOKED prints or drapes that hang at an odd angle with the goods you purchase from Duchess Froufrou!

Care instructions

All fabric has been soaked for hours (usually a couple of days) and washed in VERY hot water to remove residual dyes. Once in awhile, some colors will let go of additional color after a month and therefore I recommend washing the fabric again with your favorite detergent before combining with lighter colored fabrics.

The sewing buttons I sell were manufactured between 1900 and the late 1950s, before the commercial washing machines we know today were invented. Even though the glass sewing buttons may claim to be "machine washable" I recommend removing them or wrapping them and turning your garment inside out before washing them in a modern washing machine.

Custom and personalized orders

I am happy to entertain custom orders for both larger quantities of vintage sewing buttons and hand-dyed fabrics.

I cannot match colors of existing fabrics, as there are too many variables in the fabrics and chemistry, but can dye fabrics to coordinate, or dye fabrics if you select the dye colors.

I am happy to hem fabrics or construct goods for you from the fabrics you purchase as long as you supply the pattern and accurate measurements.

Wholesale availability

Many of the sewing buttons I feature are available in large quantities at a discounted price...especially in shell (mother-of pearl or ocean pearl) shirt sizes.