The Magpie Bead Co.was established in 2003 as a waterfront bead shop and hair wrap booth on the shores of Wasaga Beach. The beachy summer bead shop travelled around to local music festivals with a bit of a bead caravan, displaying our handmade macrame hemp jewellery, selling unique glass and ceramic beads, and 'hair-wrapping' girls of all ages.
These humble hippie beginnings crafting in string have since developed into a year round business, now incorporating work in everything from wire sculpture to chain maille to seriously sparkling Swarovski bridal jewels. Yes, we have come a ways!
Magpie Bead started nearly 20 years ago as a waterfront bead shop and hair wrap booth on the shores of Wasaga Beach. The beachy summer bead shop travelled around to local music festivals with a bit of a bead caravan, selling unique glass and wire jewellery and 'hair wrapping' girls of all ages.We quickly developed into a year round bead shop in Orillia, Ontario and became a popular spot in Orillia for 14 years. 2017 marks a year of change for this shop. We have decided to return to our humble hippie beginnings and take our beads on tour again, appearing at local farmer's markets and summer festivals. Our booth displays creative handmade jewellery in sparkling glass and gemstone in fun wirework designs. We also exhibit trays of beads that you can use on the spot to create one of our choices of drop in projects.
Magpie Bead is still one of the only places you can go to have a 'hair wrap' put into your hair. Our hair wraps are performed by talented artisans using multi-coloured threads wrapped in brilliant patterns on a strand of hair. These can last in the hair for several weeks. You can make appointments for hair wraps in my home or in yours if you are in the Orillia area. In addition, the ever popular Magpie Bead birthday parties are now available in your home.
Our latest venture with the company is a full online bead shop. Hundreds of products will be pictured and many items are sold in smaller quantities so you can buy what you need for your project without having to overbuy. Products will be added weekly so keep checking in. There is an endless amount and we hope you will find what you need to fuel your own creative journey.