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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.

“Beaded Snowflakes” has been published
in Craft Ideas, Holiday issue and digitally




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. Limited edition kits are now available.

I’m adding interesting combos of pressed glass beads to swags. I have a limited selections of twisted navettes and peacock pips and Os for trimming.

“Netted Daggers” in amethyst/lime.
Also available in red/black


Starting off the New Year by participating in “Meet the Teacher” at BeadFX on Jun 10th.

I’ll be teaching “Textured Herringbone”, my “Beaded Soutache” at Bead FX on Jan 20th. Check our their calendar and register for this new class.

Then, there’s “Czech It Out”, beadweaving using some new pressed glass bead shapes I’ve acquired in Tucson and the Czech Republic this summer. It’s Feb. 17th at Bead FX.

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.

The first show for me is GLBG Bead Bonanza in MI on Mar 15th.

Preparing two new seminars for the Spring Creativ Festival, Apr 24 & 25th at the International Centre, Toronto. Will have a booth for my kits, patterns and books.

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.



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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:

Craft Ideas Holiday 2014, Vol. 38 No. 4, pgs. 84-86 feature my

“Beaded Snowflake”, really a “Fanwheel Snowflake”, in step-

by-step instructions with diagrams and step photo both in the

print and in it’s digital magazine.


Jo-Ann and I each beaded a flower for the international Friendship Wreath Project sponsored by the Modnyj Fashion Magazine in Ukraine.

The wreath was put together by designer Anna Bystryk in Kyiv. It was displayed at the Masters Golden Hand Friendship Show from Oct. 17 to 19th in Kyiv. Now the Friendship Wreath has been immortalized in Issue #11, pg. 4.

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 Yellowknife from Jan 9 to 24, 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...

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Creative New Year

Happy beading,

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