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
events for learning opportunities.
Come Oct 25 to 27th to Toronto for the Creative Festival.
I’ll be demoing netting with my Star Net Pin,
the perfect little holiday ornament at the A Needle
Pulling Thread (ANPT) In-Booth Activities, booth
the BeadFX website for my class schedule.
I find I like teaching daytime classes.
This opens beading to a whole new group of enthusiasts.
See all the details and sign up!
The Beaded DNA tutorial is almost ready.
Will be teaching it at the Toronto Bead Society
Bead Fair which is at the Toronto Reference
Library from Nov 2 to 3rd. Sign up for to get a spot.
Read the TBS
blog for all the latest news on vendors
Rypan Designs Now Offering Downloadable
you looking for that perfect bracelet, necklace, or
set of earrings for your next beading project? Rypan
Designs is now offering a wide selection of beautiful
patterns available as immediate downloads! Browse through
the many designs...you might even find a FREE
launched! 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. Thanks to John Fusco and A
Needle Pulling Thread for helping make my patterns easily
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.
is an excellent opportunity to have my personal assistance
and instruction for a small price in your very own home.
NEW 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
I’m building Pinterest boards on my own and for Rypan Designs.
There is so much amazing beadwork and folkart out there, that
it would be a full-time obsession if I let it.
In the Press & Spinoffs:
Aug/Sep 2013 features my Chic Chevron Collar
on pgs 66 to 68. If you’d like to to make one identical to
the my rondelle version in the magazine, I have it kitted
for your convenience.
FOR SALE: Back
issues of “Modnyj” Fashion Beading Magazine
on SPECIAL for
$4 issue/ 3 for $10.
The Ukrainian and Russian beaders do amazingly original beadwork.
Lots of Cabochon work, soutache, beaded flowers, ‘pysanky’
eggs and unique beadweaving. Here’s your chance to to get
some inspirational issues. English was introduced starting
2012. How many would you like?Here’s your chance to to get
some inspirational issues. English was introduced starting
2012. How many would you like?
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.
Presentations & Workshops:
NEW!! “Pysanky & Traditional Dress of Ukraine”
debuted Mar 2013 at the Regional Pysanky Exhibit in Toronto.
The images are all new. Most were shot on March 1st at the
Museum of Decorative Folk Arts in Kyiv. This presentation
has the best combo of ‘pysanky’ with dress and folk arts of
particular regions. It’s geography which is alive.
visual presentation was very well received by school children,
as well as the general audience. Book it anytime because the
costumes and ‘pysanky’ are timeless. Admire the ‘pysanky’
and dresses from the the turn of the 19th to 20th centuries
and newer ones from a half century ago. Some current work
“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.
NEW! Loomwork kits are all-inclusive. They
are fully loaded with a 5 pg. Loomwork Overview, 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. CLICK to see the stages and styles. The kits
are available exclusively from Sandra’s Old World Charms.
“Beadwork: THE Most Versatile Art Form”,
an inspirational seminar launched at last year’s Creativ Festival,
is ready for show & tell elsewhere. I’ll be presenting
at the May 21 GLBG meeting.
“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
“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
for more details. I come ready to teach beadweaving
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...
wishes for summer full of creativity.
For inspiration, CLICK
on the BLOG for my ABCs of Creativity
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