Leonardo's Ropemaker

Eli Whitney Museum

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Vacation Program

  • Tuesday, February 22, 2011
  • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Designed for ages 9 to 12

Leonardo noticed knots. You can see artful knots in the detail of Mona Lisa's dress. Leonardo drew spinning machines and this machine for making rope. Make a three-ply rope spinner. Twist and twist and twist fibers and threads into rope... an ancient art. Make projects for yourself (woven bracelets, etc) and gifts for others with your new tool. Learn how to dye your rope with safe dyes (the kind some people drink!)

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