The Red Thread Project

Photo by Sandi Gunnett.

Click above to view The Red Thread Project comes to Waubonsee.


The Red Thread Project® is community art made by the community for the community. Hundreds of youths and adults knit and crochet hats; attach the hats to a ½ mile long knitted red thread; wear the hats in a simple performance / dance; exhibit the hats and, finally, donate the hats to local charities including those assisting cancer patients, foster children, the elderly and the homeless.

The Red Thread Project® celebrates community connections, both visible and invisible, while encouraging and fostering individual creativity. Since its inception in 2004, nearly 6,000 hats have been donated to charities in Terre Haute, IN, Memphis, TN, Grand Rapids, MI, Sugar Grove, IL and St. Louis, MO.

This fall The Red Thread Project® sponsored by the Borderbend Arts Collective is a featured program of Chicago Artists Month (CAM) 2011, the sixteenth annual celebration of Chicago's vibrant visual art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture. For more information on all of the CAM 2011 events, visit To learn more about the Borderbend Arts Collective, visit

Knitting and crochet events will be taking place across Chicago throughout October. A complete listing will soon be posted. Get out your knitting needles and crochet hooks and join the fun! Volunteers are needed. Contact me if you can help.

The Red Thread Project® also returns to eight St. Louis area elementary schools after a smashing success this spring with co-sponsors Springboard and Laumeier Sculpture Park. In the meantime, I invite you to join the Facebook group for The Red Thread Project®.

All the best,

Lindsay Obermeyer