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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 new Czech bead shapes into designs. Maria is pleased to be part of the Beadsmith Inspiration Squad. 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.




In Real Life:

Hard to believe 2016 is almost over! It’s been quite a year with an early trip to Ukraine for a conference, presentation of “Pysanky of North America”, master classes, visits to new museums, doing a workshops at Dzherelo Rehabilitation Center and a L’Arche Community in one day in Lviv and sightseeing and visiting family in between! I’m going to Kyiv again in January 2017.

My two designs for the Beadsmith Inspiration Squad, Ukrainian Honeycomb Collar and Silky Tapered Net Bracelet from my Sierra Nevada Collection are now available as downloadable patterns.


There was a fabulous teaching trip at the Upper Midwest Bead Society (UMBS) in Minneapolis at the end of July/Aug! You can read all about it in my 48th newsletter and see the original color combos for the different lessons.

Then, I produced a DVD series of a 6-part documentary, “Lubomyr—Being Human”, in Ukrainian and voiced-over English. My husband and I did a promo tour in the northeast USA at the end of September, early Oct.

This was followed by a few bead society show with retired kits. If you missed any of these shows, you can still get a deal on retiring kits by using the discount code RD51. This will give you 25% off kits only until Dec 31, 2016. Mention the code in your email or phone order. To see available kits, check my catalogue.

Hard to believe Jo-Ann and I already passed the 50th RD newsletter issue mark!! We celebrated the innovations and creativity of my students and designers using my designs. See the results in the 50th newsletter.



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.



I’ve come up with the perfect tool for helping you create great colors for your beadwork and crafts. It’s the PETAL COLOR WHEEL which I first presented to the West Toronto Bead Guild in Oct 2015.

It has individual color combos of analogous and complimentary colors for easier understanding and inspiration. You can download them from here for reference. See it in action at the Spring Creativ Festival during my seminar “Colour Theory for Crafters”.






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 Netting resource on internet. 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:

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.

Be sure to see “Walking With Our Sisters", a commemorative art installation for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada and USA. It is traveling around the North American continent for several more years. My moccasin vamps are part of the 1725 pairs beaded by 1372 artists. Check their website to see when the installation will be near 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!


Available Presentations & Workshops:



“Pysanky of North America” was just created to show at the Pysanka Museum in Kolomyya, Ukraine before I presented them the pysanka-shaped coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint on May 31, 2016. It shows the amazing pysanka eggs created in USA and Canada in all shapes, sizes and at a variety of venues. This is a must see!

  “Contemporary Prykrasy (Adornments) in Ukraine III” shows the latest trend in beadwork since the Maidan Revolution. There’s a lot of 3-D florals and a return to traditional adornments. This covers 2013-2016.



"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” shows a variety of ways beads are used in creating jewelry, decor and in making beaded pysanky to 2012.

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.

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

See Events USA or Canada for full details.


Happy beading,

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