To me, it feels like one of those Clarke's Third Law-tier devices that work seemingly by magic.
The women computer is a reverse Third law -- sufficiently antique technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Wow, I'd never heard of this 'rope' memory before - incredible!
Edit: I found a neat video: https://youtu.be/X0WnddW5gZI
That’s an amazing video. Thank you for posting it.
Theres a nice circularity there.
Or skynet's plan B?
They don’t describe how they made these decorative relays. Does anyone have any details?
 I wanted to emphasize that this goes beyond the expected “sew prefabricated components to cloth” and instead is pretty much all embroidery (maybe crochet also.) That is several kinds of awesome.
And that is really interesting.
Anyway this is really cool. A manual computer is a great project idea.
From this it looks like there's two 8 bit registers on the left with control signal coming from the top of the image. There's some logic going on on the right, but it strikes me as not complete though. The fact I can't read the writing doesn't help.
There are two Youtube channels I know of where they make a computer and don't assume much about the watcher's prior experience:
This channel show a person building a more normal relay computer: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5-_rpS40owFzVVuxDF70Tw/vid...
This playlist shows another person building a more more normal computer out of silicon chips: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLowKtXNTBypGqImE405J2...
If you want to know how this computer works, the first one will give you some idea because it's made of relays too, but the second one in particular gives a good, detailed, complete walkthrough of a working computer.
It’s surprising that that works, to say the least. :)
Perhaps the next iteration could borrow design elements from actual embroidery (leaves, flowers, etc.) and cleverly embed the circuit inside them. Or they could go in the opposite direction, straighten out the lines, and make an embroidery inspired by printed circuit boards. Either way, I hope they don't stop here but keep making better versions. This could be turned into something that people actually want to hang on their walls.
While beautiful, it has a certain eery quality to it, as if the piece of fabric is "alive" with relays as eyes
I wish there were more photos with less blur and higher resolution diagrams