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Unique Christmas gifts: Paisley Stem’s hand-beaded jewelry

By DAWN HANKINS - dhankins@t-g.com
Posted 12/4/21

When searching for unique Christmas gifts, be sure to put Wartrace artist Paisley Stem on your shopping list.  

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When searching for unique Christmas gifts, be sure to put Wartrace artist Paisley Stem on your shopping list.  

Paisley’s family and friends note she’s been a very creative individual most of her young life, dabbling in so many different creative mediums over the years. Her parents, Robert and Tabby Stem, say they’ve long supported those creative endeavors.  

Upon delving, not long ago, into her Cherokee heritage, Paisley discovered Native American beading techniques and decided to give it a try. As they say.... the rest is history.  

Native American bead weaving, Paisley discovered, began using materials such as wooden beads and animal sinew as the string and was passed down from generation to generation. She found that this is her true creative talent.  

“Her attention to detail is unmatched,” says her mother.  

Paisley’s design displays range from simple and minimal to “cute cacti” and Native patterns. Sizes range from small, medium and large.  

“There’s something for everyone!” Paisley says.  

The array of items are amazing, she notes, for everyday use or for an evening out.  

“All items are constructed beautifully of the highest quality products available, including Miyuki and Toho beads. All hooks, clasps, jump rings and crimp tubes are sterling silver. The triangle style earrings are stainless steel.”  

Currently, she is making earrings and necklaces, but also testing a few bracelet designs. Daisy chain necklaces are super comfortable and suitable for outings and even working out, she advises.  

Paisley has also been commissioned to make special designs for customers upon request. She also creates her very own beading patterns on various apps for future orders.  

In addition to being unique and one-of-a-kind, Paisley’s designs are also beautifully packaged— opportune for this gift-giving-season. The attached cards are embellished with a Cherokee rose as well as the gift box that comes with every purchase.  

Prices range, depending on the time involved in making each item as well as the materials used. Each pair of earrings requires at least 2 hours to complete, Paisley notes.  

“The larger ones take up to 4 hours.”  

Paisley’s jewelry is available exclusively at The Express at 408 Madison St. in Shelbyville, and is available for shipping. For more information, call 931-684- 3977. 

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