NORMAN — Beading can be addictive. Just ask Heather Turner, who purchased and revamped a bead store in downtown Norman, now known as the Beaded Pumpkin, 219 W. Main St.
The redesigned store now has a more open floor plan to make it accessible to people in wheelchairs and parents with strollers, Turner said. The selection of beads and findings also have changed and expanded.
“Before, it was more of a bead store and boutique,” Turner said. “Now it’s more of a full-service bead store.”
People can come in, sit down and bead at one of the available tables and use the store’s bead board and tools. Turner also teaches beading classes on demand, and the shop has become a popular spot for birthday parties. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 until 6 p.m. Sunday, but Turner said she’ll schedule parties and classes to meet customers’ needs.
From colorful African glass beads to beads made from old 45 vinyl records, the Beaded Pumpkin has a wide selection to spur creativity.
“I started beading in my early teens and thought it would be amazing to have my own bead store some day,” Turner said. “I absolutely love beading.”
Now that dream has come true.
“I never stopped beading, and I’ve down jewelry repair for jewelry stores, so my skills never stopped growing,” Turner said. “We have a unique selection of beads.”
The beads are clearly labeled, so customers know what they’re getting.
“If you can’t find it, we’ll order it,” she said. “A lot of people like that.”
One of the most remarkable things about the shop is the selection of findings — head pins, eye pins, jump rings, ear wires, and clasps — the building blocks of jewelry.
Turner also carries a large collection of seed beading.