Winter 2018 Playday at Softstar Workshop

Winter 2018 Playday at Softstar Workshop

It's time again for PLAYDAY at the Softstar workshop!

Once or twice a year, we set aside a day to stop working on shoes and let our staff jump into any creative project of their choosing. We're allowed to use any of the tools and leather scraps in our shop, or work on something totally unrelated to leathercraft. The purpose of these playdays is to jump start creative thinking, learn new skills, have a lot of fun and occasionally find a new product to sell on our website.

At the end of the day, we gather together so everyone can share their creations and discuss what they learned by working on it. Even though there are no requirement to work on shoes, we usually end up with a few experimental footwear prototypes. What can we say... we love making shoes!

Scroll down to see what everyone worked on today, but keep in mind that these products are not available for sale. You can also click this button to view a gallery of projects from all of our past playdays:

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leather-bowtie-craft

Emily made leather bowties!

playday-sandal-designs

Hava made two different sandal designs.

diy-reusable-towels

Heather and Karen worked together to stitch old cloths into reusable towels for our restrooms.

two-color-ballet-flat

Karen also worked on a design for a duo-tone Ballerine flat.

diy-leather-coin-purses

Jillian made coin purses from leather scraps.

diy-leather-batman

Josh made... leather scrap BATMAN!

updated-softstar-boot-design

Katie studied our North Star boot pattern to develop a simpler method of sewing it together.

diy-hand-tooled-leather-shoe

Katie also made a decorative hand-tooled shoe, based on our Hawthorne Chukka design.

experimental-sandal-pattern

Keita experimented with new ideas for our Solstice sandal, such as a modified and decorative vamp and a zippered heel.

diy-leather-wallet

Keita also made a leather wallet.

diy-sheath-for-scissors-shears

Ken made a scissor sheath.

diy-pebble-rock-mat

Martin collected river rocks and glued them to a sheet of rubber for a therapeutic pebble mat.

diy-ballet-flat-laces

Mary experimented with two different patterns to add laces to our Ballerine flats.

therapy-unicorn

Rob turned leather scraps into a therapy unicorn.

therapy-unicorn-reverse

The other side of Rob's therapy unicorn.

baby-mary-jane-moccasins

Tesla merged our child Merry Jane and Roo moccasin patterns to create a slip-on Mary Jane moccasin.

diy-leather-ipad-case

Tim made a leather iPad case.

diy-woven-braided-leather-crafts

Ali worked on several braided and woven leather crafts.

diy-leather-coaster

Crystal made a leather coaster with the Softstar logo as an inlay.

unisex-leather-sandal-design

Elizabeth worked on a new unisex sandal design.

diy-leather-flower-buttons

Elizabeth also experimented with new ways to attach our leather flower motifs.

diy-leather-mosaic-mural

Larkin, Lauren, Lindsey, Molly, and Crystal worked on a leather mosaic mural for our storefront windows! Molly started this project as an activity for our recent movement retreat with Katy Bowman.


There you have it... another successful playday! We're always looking for new ideas, so if there is anything you think our staff should try during our next playday then feel free to share it in the comments below. We'd also like to know which projects you like the best!

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2 Comments

  1. Debbie
    SO MUCH GOODNESS! And I've gotta say, even MORE fun to see when I now recognize some of these names. Seriously, if you start selling the hand-tooled Chukka I might be able to get my husband into a pair of Softstars. Gorgeous. Also, I'll mentally channel the unicorn for my own therapy. You guys are so cool. :) Thanks for sharing!
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  2. Jessica
    LOVE (love, love, love) the duo-tone and laced Ballerine flats!
    Reply
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