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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.

Fanwheel Snowflake with 6mm Silver Shade
Swarovski bicones and 6/ crystal zairit seeds




In Real Life:


My November trip to Ukraine flew by so quickly, I will be be going back to continue researching where I left off and discovering new treasures.

I’ve come up with the perfect tool for helping you create great colors for your beadwork. It’s the PETAL COLOR WHEEL which I downloaded first presented to the West Toronto Bead Guild in Oct. It had individual color combos for easier understanding and inspiration. You can download them from here for reference. See it in action at the Spring Creativ Festival.

I’m part of the Beadsmith Inspiration Squad. Having fun playing with new Czech bead shapes. My Honeycomb Netted Collar will be ready in time for being shown off in Tuscon in Feb. 2016.


Panama Canal Bead Cruise from March 15 to 29, 2016 – here I come!! This bead cruise is organized by Amy Loh-Kupser of i-Beads.com. I’ll be joining beaders for the best of cruising, sightseeing and beading in the two weeks. Can’t wait!!

I will be presenting two seminar each day of the Spring Creativ Festival on Apr 22 to 23, 2015. This Festival takes will take place at the International Centre. Topics are ready, just need to get the visuals together.

See Canadian Events for my monthly afternoon classes at BeadFX.


New Kits & Patterns:

The Zigzag Dagger Collars are available in three limited edition combos. A Zigzag Cuff
Is available in the same 8/ beads and melons to coordinate to the Zigzag Daggers.

The instructions for the Zigzag Cuff are so well done, they work beautifully with both 11/ and 8/ seed beads. Get your NZ25-D-CUFF-p Pattern and show me your colors.

(Always looking to share interesting beadwork in my newsletter.)



In the Press & Spinoffs:


Hot off the Press in Ukraine.

A few of my gerdany and beadwork pieces are featured in Maria Chulak’s new book Beaded Adornments of the Carpathian Region, which was just published in Ukraine.

Maria Chulak looks at both historical and contemporary beadwork including imagery and symbols.She highlights a number of master beadweavers and some techniques.

The book is available on Yevshan.com.



My husband and I put together a 2016 Folk Arts calendar for the 50th Anniversary of the 2016 Museum of the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada (UCWLC) Eparchy of Toronto. Contact me for one. Proceeds to the Museum which needs to be relocated.



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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 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.



Click on the link to the blogs anytime. Peruse through the “ABC’s of Creativity”.

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.


Beady Activities

“Walking With Our Sisters", a commemorative art installation for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada and USA is travelling around the country for several more years. My moccasin vamps are part of the 1725 pairs beaded by 1372 artists.

2016 starts off with stops in North Battleford, SK and The Pas, MB. I’m thrilled the installation will be at Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways at in Mt. Pleasant, MI he Apr 23 - Jun 3th, 2016.

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:

"Beader’s Paint Box" – a demonstration of colour theory and design for your bead projects. Since you cannot blend beads like paint, you’ll see how to effectively use bead finishes and colour placement.

“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...


Merry Christmas! Best wishes for a Blessed and Peaceful Holiday season and a Happy, Healthy and Creative New Year.

Happy beading,

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