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Softstar Staff Gets Creative at March 2017 Playday

By Softstar @Soft_Star_Shoes

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It's time again for one of our favorite days of the year at the Softstar workshop: PLAYDAY!

Once or twice a year, we set aside a day to stop making shoes for a few hours and let our staff work on any creative project of their choosing. The projects don't have to have anything to do with shoes--though they often do, because our staff is always dreaming up new shoe creations they'd like to make. The goal of these playdays is to encourage our staff to explore their skills, spark new ideas around the shop and, most importantly, to make our workplace fun.

At the end of each playday we have a show & tell, in which every Softstar elf shows what he or she made, and talks about any skills or lessons learned in the process. Our employees have a wide range of skills ranging from leatherworking and sewing to sketching and designing... and some of our office workers rarely pick up a pair of shears. It's always exciting for us to see the variety of finished projects.

See ALL Past Playday Projects

Feel free to let us know in the comments below which projects you like best. And sorry, but these are not for sale on our website.

handmade-leather-earring-holder-jewelry

Ali made a leather earring holder, plus a fringed coin purse and a variety of leather jewelry.

handmade-leather-sandal-and-top-hat

Elizabeth worked on a sandal design and made a leather top hat.

handmade-sheepskin-seat-cover

Emily made a seat cushion out of sheepskin scraps.

handmade-chukka-moccasin-hybrid-shoe

Emily also experimented with a Chukka-Moccasin hybrid.

handmade-ruffled-leather-purse-tassel-belt

Hava made a ruffled leather purse and a tasseled leather belt.

handmade-leather-coffee-cup-holders

Heather upcycled leather scraps to make coffee cup holders.

handmade-leather-bookmarks

Jodie used leather scraps to make page corner bookmarks.

Softstar Staff Gets Creative at March 2017 Playday

Karen upcycled old size tags to make a "beaded" curtain.

hand-tooled-leather-coaster-salmon-decorations

Katie made a hand-tooled leather coaster, and also experimented with motifs made from salmon leather (supplied by a local fisherman).

handmade-suede-leather-backpack

Keita made a suede leather backpack.

handmade-leather-duck-merry-jane-shoe

Ken made a "Ducky" Merry Jane shoe.

handmade-leather-bicycle-seat-cover-and-ornaments

Kylie made a snakeprint bicycle seat cover, a Superman dream catcher and a couple leather bracelets.

handmade-leather-portfolio

Lauren A. made a leather portfolio.

handmade-leather-bracelet

Lauren F. made a decorative leather bracelet.

handmade-leather-jigsaw-puzzle

Martin made a leather jigsaw puzzle.

leather-quilting-craft

Patty worked on leather quilting patterns.

handmade-leather-show-and-bracelet

Rob modified a Dash RunAmoc and made a bracelet out of round leather scraps.

handmade-snakeprint-sandal-design

Sarah made a sandal with snakeprint leather straps.

handmade-leather-card-necklace-placemat

Stephanie made a greeting card decorated with leather flowers, a braided leather necklace and experimented with a design for a leather placemat.

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