For those who don't know what a rope maker (or "machine" as it can be called) is, it's a wonderfully simple wooden tool (see below). The complexity of rope making is all in the combination of textures and colored yarns you choose to twist together. I find that ever intriguing, the final result, always the least expected:
It's hard to explain exactly how this works, but essentially you tie one end to one of the hooks, then wind it in and around the other hooks and those pegs attached to the table. Then crank the handle and watch your rope emerge!