Below, a few testimonials from satisfied customers, some of whom I've known for two decades or more. My thanks for their images and words of appreciation.
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With thanks - Valerie
TeAnte says: "I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Valerie Hector some years ago at an American Craft Council show in Baltimore. I had only just recently discovered the art of beading so to see the work of someone of her caliber up close was exciting. Apparently the stars had aligned that day because while I was admiring her work, several customers were finishing up purchases and moved off, leaving me alone with Ms. Hector. We struck up a conversation and she must have seen a true interest in me because the next thing I knew she was writing on one of her show cards a list of other artists I needed to look up and books I needed to read on the subject of beading. I left her that day in a delightful daze.
Every year since then, I’ve always made a point to stop by her booth to see her new work and, when possible, say hello and show her anything I’d recently created. Flash forward to today and, after several starts and stops and life changes, I’m back into beadweaving heavily and am working to create a collection of my own for display. She has been a true inspiration to me and I thank her for taking a moment that day to ignite a passion in me that was just waiting patiently for the right spark. Oh, and I still have that card."