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Spin Her Free – A #teamspin initiative to help end child sex trafficking in Cambodia

November 12, 2018

Ashley Here! Do you ever feel like there are so many injustices in this world but you have no idea how to help or even know how to begin? Well, I do, and that’s why I’m so excited to share a wonderful #teamspin initiative. Keep reading to find out more information about this important project and how to get involved.

Spin Her Free is an annual fundraiser kicking off in January of 2019, created by Ashley Martineau, spinning educator and author of Spinning and Dyeing Yarn.

The mission: to raise money to help rescue girls from the sex trafficking trade in Cambodia.

For a simple $25 USD donation spinners can enter this spinning competition and 100% of the funds will be donated to AIM: the highest rated human trafficking charity.

The spinning competition will be held from January 4th-January 18th, and those who participate can sign up in one of three categories:

  • Yardage Arena – best for spinners who use a spinning wheel and specialize in yarn for knitting and crochet.
  • Weight Arena – best for spinners who use a spinning wheel and specialize in bulky or art yarns.
  • Spindling Arena – best for spinners who use a drop spindle and specialize in yarn for knitting and crochet.


Submit your results by January 20th and the winner from each category will win a FREE SpinOlution spinning wheel!


I own and learned to spin on a wheel from Spinolution, and have nothing but great things to say. Not only are their wheels beautiful, they’re expertly crafted, thoughtfully designed, and intuitive. I’ve been wanting to upgrade for a while though and when I heard about Spin Her Free and how I could help raise money for a good cause and get the chance to win the spinning wheel of my dreams, needless to say, I was THRILLED!

Ashley was gracious enough to answer a few questions I had about this amazing campaign:

1. Who came up with the idea to start Spin Her Free and how?

“Spin Her Free was an idea I had after hearing spinners talk about their experience spinning for a charity without transparent financial reports. A lightbulb exploded in my head: If all the spinners in the world spun together for a good cause – we could accomplish something BIG. I immediately contacted Mike Pauly at SpinOlution and said, “We need to do this, this could change the world.” Mike and I are both big thinkers, and after I explained to him what this could accomplish – he agreed it was worth the investment – and I hit the ground running.”

More on the backstory can be found on HERE

2. How much money are you hoping to raise?

“Hoping to raise $50,000 or more. This is based on $25 per person, and 2000 spinners total, but there is space for 4000 spinners per arena. If the Arenas are maxed out – we could hit $300K or more!”

3. Why this cause in particular?

“I wanted something that would make a difference to women, children, and celebrate human rights. This was a cause that I felt the entire spinning community – regardless of political or religious belief – could agree upon. I also couldn’t think of anything more important than human rights. And once I found the charity – everything fell into place. It was meant to be.”

4. Can you share how many sign ups you have so far?

“We must meet the fundraising goal of $50,000 (based on participation of only 2000 spinners) to begin this event as scheduled on January 4th. If we do not reach the $50,000 goal – we will postpone the event to January 2020 – giving everyone time to prepare fiber and for fiber shops to create colorways to sell for promotion.”

According to the campaign website, 52 supporters have joined as of November 12th.

5. Can participants prep Fiber prior to January 4th or should they wait until the competition begins?

Prep away!!!

6. How do you plan on ensuring the integrity of each participant’s results?

“The top 5 competitors from all arenas will be contacted by a judge to verify their yardage / weight by video chat. These winners will be posted on this website with their verified yardage. The verified first place winner will provide their shipping address and the wheel prize will be shipped directly from the SpinOlution company.”

There you have it folks. Are you ready to join me and compete for the chance to take home a brand new Spinolution, Monarch spinning wheel AND help put a stop to child sex trafficking in Cambodia? Sign up HERE.

Not interested in joining the competition but want to know how you can get involved in a different capacity? Judges are needed to verify results of the competition. Email for more information.

Are you a shop that sells fiber? You can help get the word out too by creating a specific coupon code or special colorway called SpinHerFree.

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