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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.

“Springtime in Ukraine”, TBS 2015 Bag of Bead Challenge




In Real Life:

My Netted Zigzags just morphed into Zigzag Daggers thanks to the combination of new Czech pressed bead shapes along the edge of the dynamic netted zigzag pattern. Very limited edition kits are now available. Have a new “Southwest” combo coming.

I will be going to Ukraine in May. Besides visiting my uncle and family, I’m looking forward to attending the “Spring Chords” Festival in Ivano Frankivsk on May 22, 2015. Can’t wait to see my “Netted Daggers” gerdan and cuff bracelet being modeled at the Festival. Application deadline is Mar 20th.

See my blog for more information and Ukrainian and English applications to participate. It’s a wonderful chance to go “international”.

“Netted Daggers” in red/black. I’ll be submitted it to “Spring Chords” Festival in Ukraine, May 2015


The first show for me is GLBG Bead Bonanza in MI on Mar 15th. Will have two new kits using Czech 2-hole beads. See my newsletter #30 for styles. Come and see!

The next 3-week Loomwork Series will be on Weds. evenings, Mar. 18, 25 and Apr. 1st, at Bead FX,. Space is limited. Sign up early to reserve your spot.


Preparing two new seminars for the Spring Creativ Festival, Apr 24 & 25th at the International Centre, Toronto. Plan your day around them. Visit my booth #372 for my kits, patterns and books.

Bead & Button Show is coming In June. I’ll be back in time for it. See you in my usual spot. You can sign up for classes now.




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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.



See Kits in a separate section in the Catalogue for Rypan Designs beadwork kits and printed patterns.

“Buy 4, get ONE* FREE” SPECIAL (*lowest price item, books excepted) applies at shows and online.


In the Press & Spinoffs:

Have been busy preparing projects: “Daisy Mosaic Bracelet” in Craft Ideas, Garden 2015; “Sail Boat Brooch” in Summer ANPT.

I have several spare copies of this and previous issues Modnyj Fashion Magazine. All the projects are presented in Russian and English. Get them for $5 each or 3 for $10.


Beady Activities

“Walking With Our Sisters”, a commemorative art installation for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada and USA will be in Whitehorse, YK and Red Deer, AB in 2015 and several more cities. My moccasin vamps are part of the 1725 pairs beaded by 1372 artists.
Check their website to see when the installation will be in your community. It is very worthwhile spiritual experience.

RYPAN DESIGNS introduced children to beading through the Jelly Collection. They’re all-inclusive line of kits of beads, cord and unique step-by-step photo instructions and perfect for gifts and birthday parties. BONUS!!! on-line photo instructions for ladders and daisies for your use!

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.

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” debuted Mar 2013 at the Regional Pysanky. The images are all new. Mostly from the Museum of Decorative Folk Arts in Kyiv. This presentation has the best combo of ‘pysanky’ with dress and folk arts of particular regions. Book it anytime because the costumes and ‘pysanky’ are timeless.

“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.

“Beadwork: THE Most Versatile Art Form”, an inspirational seminar launched at Creativ Festival, and shows a good variety types of beading.

“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.

“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.


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...


Special Projects:

I’ve just prepared a DVD of a new documentary film, “Jacob’s Ladder”, in both Ukrainian and English translation. This is an unexpected bonus creation stemming from the original “Lubomyr” Documentary Film Project I’ve been collaborating with a Screen Media Ukraine. For more info, read my blog.

The film Has been submitted to Film Festivals around the world.

Happy beading,

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