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THE BOTTOM LINE: This book contains facts about the fascinating history of European bead crochet snakes, as well as patterns designed by the author, with complete instructions and diagrams to crochet some beautiful snake designs as bracelets and necklaces. --Sandi Marshall, Your Guide to Crochet, About.com

About the Author

Adele Rogers Recklies has had a career that encompasses both beads and fiber as well as academic work and creative play. Before working as a costume maker for professional theater, she earned a B.A.and M.A. from Kent State University and a Ph.D. in theater from The Ohio State Univeristy. After teaching in a small college and working for two different costume shops in New York City, Dr. Recklies opened her own business in 1987 to specialize in theatrical knitting, crochet, and related crafts.

Dr. Recklies' embroidery work can be seen in the recent movie Memoirs of a Geisha. Her knitted costumes have been worn in other movies such as Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Big Fish and Stepmom as well as Broadway shows such as CATS and the recent revival of Company.

Some of her beadwork was included in 500 Beaded Objects: New Dimensions in Contemporary Beadwork and exhibited at Bead International 2006 at The Dairy Barn Arts Center as well as two group shows at the Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Tokyo, Japan in 2003 and 2004.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Reckless Beading Press; 1st edition (January 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979164907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979164903
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,173,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Susan Martin on September 25, 2007
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If you are interested in bead crochet, this book will fascinate you. The examples of bead crochet snakes shown are very interesting. I got a lot of ideas from this book. Unfortunately, the projects with charts are not as interesting as the pictures of completed snakes. I would have liked charts of some of the segments of the completed snakes rather than the projects. I don't think that I will make any snakes, but the book is wonderful, nonetheless.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ruby chacon on February 8, 2008
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It's interesting to see a book published on a rather obsure subject. it gives an overview on the history of beaded snakes, from world war I era to more recent times. There are a fair few pictures of bead crochet snakes and a large part of the book is dedicated to directions on making your own. This is a nice little reference book. I was a bit disappointed that there weren't more photos of the snakes, which in my opinion, leaves the book a little hollow. however i would recommend it to anyone interested in the subject
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Denton on August 11, 2008
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I am thoroughly enjoying this book, it has a very interesting section on the history of bead crochet snakes as a comprehensive techniques section. There are several patterns to try and I am waiting for my bead order so that I can get started on my first snake.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cayin R on September 26, 2011
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The book is informative about the history of the beaded snake. The designs are interesting. The only problem was, I could not understand the instructions to actually crocheting one. The author says the instructions are clear (and maybe it's me) but I could not get the beading to look right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda K Rheault on May 13, 2013
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A wonderful book to own! Very interesting history and good pictures of the crocheted snakes. This is a very difficult technique to master. I am in awe thinking of the prisoners making those intricate snake patterns. Nice patterns included.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bad Brad on April 8, 2013
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A wonderful intro to an obscure and fascinating craft form. Covering both the history and techniques, this is a wonderful addition to any beaders collection.
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great book i love the different items but hard to understand instructions there should be a 1-800 line to ask questions. I have done crochet since i was 11yrs old & iam 55. I have never been so stumped on a pattern until this book. & its funny it should be easy by looking at the shape but the instructions make it confusing. Still i would recommend this book only because of the unusual product worth trying
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