Protective Face Mask Program

Public Thread exists to address social and environmental issues through the art of textiles—and that's exactly what's needed right now.

Healthcare professionals, essential workers, service delivery personnel, community members, and individuals across our state need Protective Face Masks during COVID-19. Our community also needs steady jobs and a way to act out our shared values. At Public Thread, we are offering an answer to both.

We have a team of volunteers and professional sewists who are upcycling extra material to make masks that are custom-fit and triple-layered with an inner filter.   

Buy a Mask

We are raising $10,000 in community support in order to discount the price of masks for frontline workers (or to donate them outright, when necessary). Your gift is not tax deductible, but it will:
  • Create high-quality, affordable masks for hospitals and front-line essential workers 
  • Pay a living wage to skilled workers in our community
  • Purchase supplies and reuse what would otherwise be wasted
Invest in the values that will carry us through this crisis: health, equity, community, and sustainability—even in the face of COVID-19.

Give Here



Notions Marketing - Supplied much of the fabric for mask production.

SpartanNash - Provided tens of thousands of twist ties!

Chaco - Supplied fabric.

Little Wings Designs / Gemini Handmade - Procured elastic for 50,000 masks, as well as bias tape and equipment.

Nite Ize - A company in Colorado expedited a large quantity of foam covered wire at a discounted rate for our project. 


Lisa Knight has been the lead instigator and collaborator with Public Thread Founder Janay Brower, along with Marissa Duff and Traci Richmond, and a team of Kelly Muschiana of Kendall College, Aimee Ritsema local maker, Annie Young of Kaboose, Elyse Welcher of Little Wings Designs/Gemini Handmade, LaChaun Steverson of Fibrenew Grand Rapids, and Zizi Matanda.