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Rypan Designs a great source for learning how to beadweave your very own creations. Follow Maria’s clearly illustrated instructions in contemporary beadwork kits, patterns and books. Expand your appreciation of global folk arts.

Maria Rypan is a designer, artist and publisher of beadwork instruction books and a recognized expert on ‘gerdany’, the Ukrainian-style of beading. She enjoys transforming everything from seed beads to CRYSTALLIZED Swarovski Elements into designs. Her work is featured in many beadwork publications.

Best of all, Maria teaches beadwork classes internationally since 1995 at various shows, retreats, museums, shops and bead societies. Check out the USA and Canadian events for learning opportunities.

Beaded Pysanky by Maria Ivasiuk,
Kosiv, Ukraine



In Real Life:

The Spring Creativ Festival is Apr 26 & 27th at the International Centre in Toronto. Visit Rypan Designs at Booth #372 for all-inclusive kits and patterns.

I’ll be doing three seminars: “ABCs of Beading”,“Beadwork: Closures & Finishing Tips” “Beyond the Kit” twice. Schedule your day around them these 45 min. visual presentations. They’re included in the admission. Purchase your Creativ Festival tickets online for a discount and get in at 9 a.m. The show closes earlier Friday evening.

Teaching Daisy Mosaics at BeadFX on Apr 8th.

Hutsul-style moccassin vamps
By Maria Rypan, 2013

TBS Spring Fair is happening May 3 to 4th at the Toronto Reference Library, 2nd floor. This is a great show to see member’s work, lampwork and new products in the bead world. I’ll be in TN that weekend, but be sure to come.

Check “Walking With Our Sisters” website to see when the installation will be in your community. This is a Commemorative Art Installation for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada and USA. It is very worthwhile spiritual experience. While in Winnipeg, I visited it and spotted my moccasin vamp on the patch in the centre aisle of the room. Visit Urban Shaman until April 12th.

Looking forward to going down to Milwaukee for my 11th Bead & Button Show! Visit me at the Marketplace from June 6 to 8th at my usual spot, Booth #933.

CLICK here for a coupon for FREE admission to the Marketplace.




Check the Catalogue for Rypan Designs beadwork kits and patterns. “Buy 4, get ONE* FREE” SPECIAL (*lowest price item, books excepted) applies at shows and online.

Visit the Gallery and be inspired! See Maria's own Gallery, Student's work & Wedding stories complete with photos and kit references. Enjoy the eye candy and stories.

Peruse my Portfolio to see projects, published articles, presentation and seminar topics, plus what’s happening in the press.


Rypan Designs Now Offering Downloadable Beading Patterns

A selection of netted styles: is available as downloadable patterns for $8.95 each. Within minutes of payment by Paypal you get a PDF with step by step instructions, a supply list, photos of other colour ways for inspiration and a finishing tip sheet.



CraftArtEducation: Preview my new online class. Netting Primer is fully narrated with excellent photos of the steps in three parts which can be stopped at any time and replayed for your convenience. It starts off with a solid Beadweaving Basics and has 5 variations of the basic net. A 30 page handout makes this the best resource on Netting. Check it out and add it to your resources.

Here is an excellent opportunity to have my personal assistance and instruction for a small price in your very own home.

Learn How To Diagonal Weave Using Triangle Beads from my YouTube video. I show how to beadweave using two very different shapes of beads into a fun tennis bracelet.


Available Presentations & Workshops:

“Pysanky & Traditional Dress of Ukraine” has folk costumes from the Museum of Decorative Folk Arts in Kyiv., as well as photos of century old Easter eggs from their historic collection. This is the best combo of ‘pysanky’ with dress and folk arts of particular regions. Check out the costumes of the 19th to 20th centuries.

“Tour of Gerdany Regions of Ukraine” comes with a companion “Ethnographic Regions” travelogue which gives a wonderful overview of Ukraine. I found it gives greater appreciation for the beadwork featured in the “Gerdany Beadwork Tour”.

“Contemporary Beadwork in Ukraine II”, and my first slide show about beadwork in Ukraine are available for booking for bead societies or community events.

“Gerdany — Ukrainian Loomwoven Patterns”, is a visual show of how four different styles of loomweaving are created. Best way to learn is to book a Loomwork Series with custom-made wooden looms and choice of four RD Medallion and Swag patterns or kits.

NEW! Loomwork kits are all-inclusive. They are fully loaded with a 5 pg. Loomwork Overview, 4 pg. detailed tutorial and a color collage showing a ‘gerdan’ in progress. You get seed beads and bugles, two 90mm and two beading needles, thread and twill tape for an easy joining of the medallion on the loom. The kits are available exclusively from Sandra’s Old World Charms.

“Beadwork: THE Most Versatile Art Form”, an inspirational seminar launched at last year’s Creativ Festival, is ready for show & tell elsewhere.

“Embellishing your World: Beading and Surface Designs” can change your world.

“Reinterpreting Nature: Adornments & Decor” is the latest eye candy edition combing all sorts of nature-inspired art, craft and architectural detail with beading. Curious?? I’d love to show it to your group.

CLICK on Presentations and Seminars for more details. I come ready to teach beadweaving or loomwork.

Photo Album of the “White Aster of Love” Book Project (1989 to 1992 and beyond)” is about a unique embroidery and poetry project by dissident Iryna Senyk and a Women’s League in Toronto. Truly inspirational and ready to show anywhere.

See Events/USA or Canada for full details for Creativ Festival, TBS Bead Fair, Bead & Button, Bead Fest, GLBG Bead Bonanza and more...


Best wishes for Springtime full of creativity.

Happy beading,

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