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Vendor Spotlight: Martha Stewart Fringe Scissors

Reported by Kandi Phillips

Along with the punches I reviewed in in my last article, I received the Fringe Scissors (another tool that was on my wish list!). The Fringe Scissors have been on my list as a tool I thought needed a space in my craft room for a few months now. I had a few uses in mind for these scissors, and couldn’t wait to start cutting up some paper!

Little did I realize though that the blades were still coated with a little bit of oil. That possibly could have been a step or caution on the directions, but now you know I don’t really read those very much. Although your scissors might not have the same issue, I would recommend cutting some scratch paper before diving in to remove any excess oil.

Once that was out of the way I happily cut strips of cardstock to make grass. After the three strips were secured I added in a few Easter eggs to complete the look. If I had to manually cut each of those strips by hand it would have taken so much time. This was very quick as a few short passes got the results I wanted in a fifth of the time, since there are five blades that cut at once.

In addition to paper, I wanted to test how well the Fringe Scissors would work on ribbon. I didn’t have high hopes, and wasn’t surprised when they didn’t cut all the way through the ribbon or have a clean cut. These scissors are meant to cut paper, but I actually liked the frayed ends as they reminded me of a winter scarf. Using that scarf idea I created a quick and easy wintery birthday card.

One of the things that I didn’t realize about these scissors is that you can’t cut long strips. With a normal pair of scissors, or even pinking shears, you can choke up on the handle and continue cutting in a long straight line. With the Fringe Scissors you can only cut on the first pass, or in essence the length of the blade which is about two and a half inches. Trying to cut longer strips result in pieces becoming crushed.

Overall I was really pleased with how well the scissors felt in my hands, and how easy it was to use them. The Fringe Scissors retail for $12.99 and can also be purchased at Michaels or online at Martha Stewart Crafts.

Pros:

  • Scissors have comfort-grip handles that make cutting a smooth process
  • 5 blades get your fringe cut in a hurry!

Cons:

  • I would love to see the Fringe Scissors come in other sizes for more cutting options
  • You can only cut the length of the blade with the scissors, not long strips



GIVEAWAY
The kind folks at EK Success Brands will be giving one lucky winner their very own Martha Stewart Around The Page Punches and Fringe Scissors. To enter, just leave a comment on one of the Vendor Spotlight: Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page or Fringe Scissors. Answer any one of these questions in the Comments Section right below this article on our website.


Have you tried the Fringe Scissors scissors before? What other uses could you think of for this tool?

One comment per person, per article, please. You have until Sunday, November 21st 6pm CST to enter.


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Dana Vitek

Dana Vitek is a craft-‐‑supply hoarder with an obscenely understanding husband. She works full-‐‑time as a geologist, and spends her free time sort of paying attention to her two kids, reading a lot, and crafting. She's a crocheter, but not a knitter because knitting seems way too complicated. She's a card maker, but usually only 10 minutes before a birthday party. She cusses at her sewing machine. She has at least 12 different types of glue, but can never find the scissors she wants when she wants them. Dana started writing and editing for Craft Critique in 2008. She is perhaps best known for her Mother of All Black Ink Tests, and her annual April Fool's posts. She blogs extremely irregularly at Stamping Science. http://stampingscience.blogspot.com

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63 Responses to Vendor Spotlight: Martha Stewart Fringe Scissors

  1. Diane O. November 16, 2010 at 9:07 am #

    I have not tried either of the products but can see loads of uses for both. I like the idea of making the grass and I think you could make a line then turn them into circles and then adhere them for a fringy circle.

  2. Patty Williams November 16, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    The scissors look neat. And I love the pink card.. I’m becoming a fan of pink with snow/flakes/man !

  3. arlsmom aka Lynda November 16, 2010 at 9:58 am #

    I have not tried the fringe scissors…they look awesome…guess they go on my holiday wish list now! Thank you for the chance to win!

  4. Betty November 16, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    Wow I was skeptical about the ease of use but you have cleared that right up for me!

  5. Dayna Tilleman November 16, 2010 at 10:13 am #

    I have seen the fringe sissors before and was wondering just how limiting they were, I may have to give them a try.
    thanks for keeping up on stuff for us.

  6. Patchi November 16, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    I have fringe scissors from the MOMA catalog. They are larger and a lot of fun to play with. I’ve never tried them on ribbon to see if they work, but now I will. I’d love to try these out and see how they compare!

  7. Donna VW November 16, 2010 at 10:58 am #

    These look cool. I would love to try them. You could fringe a long strip of paper and then roll it and make a cool flower.

  8. Tamara November 16, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    I have not tried the fringe scissors, but have read a couple of other positive reviews and would love to add them to my tool collection. I could see using them for making confetti, grass, fringe, filling for baskets, spaghetti noodles 🙂

  9. Tessa Buys November 16, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    The fringe scissors are on my wishlist, too! I was wondering how they might cut on felt, as that’s a material I use often. Thanks for the review!

  10. Vana63 November 16, 2010 at 12:16 pm #

    Thanks for posting the se…Ive not tried either but my DD gave me one of the round the page punches by MS 🙂 Thanks for a chance to win!

  11. Karin November 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    I think the fringe scissors would be great for making party decorations!

  12. Ania November 16, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    I have not, but I’d be intrigued to try one out if given the chance 🙂 Not sure about ideas apart from the obvious ones, though :p

  13. Donna November 16, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    I haven’t tried or seen these scissors before. They look like lots of fun. I adore the grass idea for Easter and summertime projects. Not sure what else I would do with them.

  14. Michelle November 16, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    Hi. No I have not tried the fringe scissors. I wonder how well they would cut hair LOL..get that fringy look 🙂

  15. Wende November 16, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

    Wow are these scissors terrific. They are definitely on my wish list! Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Jessica Wekenman November 16, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

    Great review! I have not tried these yet, but I think they might be great to use to make my own quilling paper strips. Also, I think it might be cool to weave the strips to come up with a unique pattern.

  17. Melissa November 16, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    I haven’t tried these scissors yet, but I look at them every time I am at the local craft store!! I think these would be great for creating faux-hair or feathers on die cut animals, and I also think they would make a fabulous textured Christmas tree or garland for the front of a card!

  18. Do Be Do Bead Do November 16, 2010 at 1:21 pm #

    I’ve wanted a pair of these for a while now. I thought that they were more expensive. They are way affordable with a coupon, so I foresee a purchase in the near future!

  19. rudie2shoes November 16, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    I’ve never tried fringed scissors before but it looks so easy! Wished it could be used to shred old credit cards! haha

  20. Katherine November 16, 2010 at 2:10 pm #

    I have considered purchasing the fringe scissors. My first thought was making a hula skirt for a paper doll figure in a LO.

  21. Gayle November 16, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

    I have had a non martha air for a while. My mom gave me them for Christmas one year. They were marketed as “a hand operated paper shredder” lol I use them on credit cards. I think she got them from one of the Seen on TV stores. Well off to find a new use for them!

  22. rush November 16, 2010 at 2:37 pm #

    i haven’t tried the fringe scissor before, but i have had to try to make fringe using a single-bladed scissor. what a time-saver this would be. btw…love the egg and grass card. i can’t think of another use for these right off hand, but i’m sure someone will!

  23. nitasha j. November 16, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    I have not tried Martha’s fringe scissors, but I do have a pair that I purchased from the Container Store a couple of years ago which were marketed as paper shredding scissors! So yes, I use mine as paper shredders too! Would love to try Martha’s though!

  24. wilcoxdesigns November 16, 2010 at 3:26 pm #

    The fringe scissors would make great flowers. They look awesome and I’d love to give them a try.

  25. Kelly Massman November 16, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    I haven’t tried fringe scissors before, but it sure would make things easier when making flowers, grass etc. for scrapbook pages/cards! Thanks for a chance to win!
    kmassman (at) gmail (dot) com

  26. connie November 16, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    I have not tried the fringe scissors but have seen lots of projects using these and would love a pair. Some uses I would use them for is grass and flowers on my scrapbook pages.

  27. Jarie November 16, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    I haven’t tried the fringe scissors but the strips could be used for quilling and also weaving.

    Janet

  28. Bonafyde November 16, 2010 at 4:10 pm #

    these are on my wishlist as well, I’m hoping they will be available at my local Walmart soon… I think they could be used to create hair for paper pieced people/dolls. They could be used to creat stalks for paper punched flowers and of course they create excellent grass!

  29. Lyn S November 16, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

    I haven’t tried Martha’s fringe scissors yet, they look like they would be quite a time saver!

  30. Maureen F. November 16, 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    I love Martha’s punches – She makes so many cute ones. The fringe scissors are on my wish list – they look pretty cool

  31. kathy s November 16, 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    I haven’t tried them yet- haven’t even seen them in any stores here- They would make great hair and fur for animal stamps and die cuts.

  32. thestampinglady November 16, 2010 at 6:02 pm #

    What fun products. I have not used them before but see great ideas for my papercrafting. Thanks for the chance to win.

  33. Barb's Boys November 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

    I haven’t seen the fringe scissors before – cute designs shown here though…I like the idea of using them on a circle to make a flower too!

  34. baglady November 16, 2010 at 8:16 pm #

    I have not seen the Fringe scissors before but they look like they would be fun to try out.

  35. Iris November 16, 2010 at 9:03 pm #

    I have not tried the fringe scissors but think they would be a nice addition to my stash of crafting tools. Iris Soscia

  36. Kate aka stinkydudette November 16, 2010 at 9:22 pm #

    I don’t have this, but it looks really fun to play with!

  37. sophiemily November 16, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    I have never seen these scissors. I certainly would love to try them on scrapbook pages.

  38. Ms. Cheryl November 16, 2010 at 9:48 pm #

    Who doesn’t like fringe??? I do, I do…ms.cheryl

  39. Anita November 16, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

    I have not tried these. I think they would be great accents around photos.

  40. Cat Spicer a.k.a. Spicey Cat Chick November 16, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    I’ve heard about the fringe scissors and so appreciate the info you shared. I also love the ragged look on ribbon and would probably use them more as a distressing tool than to create clean cuts.

  41. Rebecca Ednie November 16, 2010 at 10:39 pm #

    I have fringe scissors but they were marketed for chopping herbs. I’ve also seen them sold for shredding sensitive documents.

  42. dining tables November 17, 2010 at 1:28 am #

    You have made a very beautiful art work. I love how you made all those amazing stuff. It is just so cute. You have a great talent.

  43. SnowflakeDreams1 November 17, 2010 at 2:06 am #

    These would be great for some of the quilling I do. Would love to win a pair.

  44. Martha November 17, 2010 at 3:01 am #

    Would love to try this tool. I can see a lot of use for it!

  45. Irit Shalom November 17, 2010 at 3:40 am #

    I never had this knd of scissors- but would gladly win one!! thanks for the spotlight..

  46. Linda Fleming November 17, 2010 at 3:50 am #

    The punch aroung the page has always caught my attention when I am shopping. But I have not purchased one yet because of the price. It looks like I should put it on my wish list. Santa, I’ve been very good this year. Do you think that will work?

  47. Anonymous November 17, 2010 at 6:09 am #

    I don’t have a pair of these scissors. As to what to do with them I would need some to play with so that I can find out LOL.
    Cheers
    Anna D

  48. reeree62 November 17, 2010 at 8:48 am #

    I have not tried the fringe scissors, but I have been wanting to! They look like a fun & useful tool to have.

  49. Bogner's November 17, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    Wow! I love the scissors! I love the grass idea. That Easter card is so cute! The scissors make me think of hula skirts!

  50. Thrifty Blogger November 17, 2010 at 1:16 pm #

    I have not tried the fringe scissors but they look like they would be a whole lot of fun. I would use them for my mixed medai art.

  51. MelissaS November 17, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    I have not tried the fringe scissors, but you I might try them to make paper pom-pom flowers. I love the samples 🙂

  52. Wendy November 17, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    Hey Kandi….Great tutorial and review. I think you used the scissors best with the cute Easter Eggs in the grass. I like you ribbon also, it looks like the end of a warm scarf.

    Thanks for the fun opportunity!!

  53. Nena November 17, 2010 at 2:28 pm #

    I haven’t had a chance to use these
    item yet. I think you are right that
    it would be fun to have different
    sizes. They would be fun to use
    with felt as well as paper.

  54. KanataNewf November 17, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

    have not yet had a chance to try these scissor but I have definitely been eying them. They would make different accents on cards.

  55. Cindy Lou November 17, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

    Wow! I hadn’t even seen these around. Very interesting, looks like something that I would enjoy using in my collection of “toys”.

  56. ddsharp50 November 18, 2010 at 1:16 am #

    I haven’t tried the fringe scissors, but I have a friend, who has a pair and she really likes them. She even uses them to shred her mail, because she doesn’t have a shredder.

  57. Cristina November 18, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    These look great! I would love to use them to make my cards and home decor projects.
    But thanks for pointing out you can only cut once in the paper – I hadn’t thought of that.

  58. Btrflywmn November 18, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    I have not tried these scissors yet, I would love to though.

  59. Orti Sh November 19, 2010 at 3:34 am #

    This looks lot of fun to use this scissors!! Thanks for a chance to win

  60. csparky61 November 19, 2010 at 6:32 am #

    i have not tried them yet,but have fringed with regular scissors and this would be such a timesaver, not to mention it would look so much better.

  61. Maggie November 21, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    I’ve not tried this scissor but the possibilities are endless…
    I will be using it mostly for cards.
    Maggie
    http://passionatelyartistic.com

  62. Carole RB November 21, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    I never tried the Fringe Scissors yet but would love to. I would use them to make quilling flowers! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  63. Susan February 24, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    I just recently bought a pair of fringe scissors. I like them a lot, but like you I wish they could cut longer strips or varied in width or cut design. A note: They won’t cut a strip long enough for quilling. I do like using them for fringe, and I just now saw Valita’s flowers and will trying them. I adore your Easter card and may be trying one similar to that. Thank you for your reviews = they are VERY helpful in making decisions.