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Get to Know Berroco: Color Cards

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I’ve worked at Berroco for nearly two years, but I only just recently learned how our color cards are made. Twice a year, we fire up a special machine in the warehouse that produces cards for all of our new yarns and old yarns with new shades. 

Here are some fun facts about this colorful process:

 

1. We send out more than 2200 sets of color cards each season (so that means more than 2200 color cards for each yarn).

2. There are 72 cups for holding yarn.

Some yarns need even more ends than that!

Some yarns need even more than that!

3. Each colorway is made up of 3-7 strands, depending on the thickness of the yarn and the number of colors featured on the card.

4. The color card paper is custom made in Germany. It has hot glue on the front and a glue that activates when wet, on the back. Because the minimum price is so high, we split the order with another U.S. company that has the same machine. Warren also calls this company when the machine breaks down (and vice versa) for help with troubleshooting!

The yarn is glued to the paper and then cut into cards.

The yarn is glued to the paper and then cut into cards.

Want to see the color card machine in action? Check out this video (and enjoy a sneak peek of some new Fuji shades for Spring ’15!):

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