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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.

SWG44-810-LIL "Rising Curtains" kit.
Sample bead woven by Jo-Ann Woolverton



In Real Life:

This is a cultural summer. I am going to Western Ukraine for three weeks in August. Be-tween family and genealogically-inspired visits, I will be touring the countryside searching for interesting folkarts and beadwork.

While in Kolomyya, on Aug 14th I will be teaching a Master Class on world culture through beading at the National Museum of Hutsulschyna & Pokuttya. I will start off with my visual "Embellishing Your World: Beading & Surface Designs - Examples from World Cul-tures". Then we'll learn how to do the Ndebele stitch, but I've adapted it to recreate motifs in a bracelet project.

Click for Museum details.

Another treat will be in Kyiv on August 23rd, the day before Independence Day. I will attend the screening of the documentary film "Three Muskateers", a story about the incredible life paths of three Grade 1 classmates from Lviv. This film is an offshoot of the original "Lubomyr" documentary project which I have been collaborating on from the family side for the past half year. The full length film about Lubomyr Cardinal Husar should be ready in Sep. www.lubomyr.net

I'm thrilled with the opportunity to visit the Czech Republic end of August. Thanks to designer Adela Kodonova, I will get to see the heart of the glass bead industry and Prague.

When I get back after Labour Day, I'll participate in "Meet the Teachers" at BeadFX on Sep 13th to launch the Bead Ed Year.

I'm teaching Ndebele Motifs at BeadFX on Sep 30th. Lots of amazing color combos possi-ble.

Ndebele Motifs in own colors.

“Walking With Our Sisters", a commemorative art installation for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada and USA will be in Thunder Bay from Sep 19 to Oct 12th. 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.

The Fall Creativ Festival will be Oct 24, 25 & 26th, 2014 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Bldg. Be sure to check out their workshops and conferences on line. Register early. If you're just coming to the show, get a reduced admission ticket beforehand.

I will be at the Spring Creativ Festival with new seminars and kits. Mark you calendars for Apr 25 & 26, 2015 at the International Centre.

NEW! Loomwork kits are all-inclusive. They are fully loaded with a 5 pg. Loomwork Over-view, 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.

In the Press:

My latest article "Rising Curtains" was published in BEADWORK, Jun/Jul 2014. I have added new combos to the Refined Suspended Swags kits.


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 Deco-rative Folk Arts in Kyiv., as well as photos of century old Easter eggs from their historic col-lection. 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 III”, 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.

“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...

Happy beading,

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