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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.

I’m at Bead & Button with Creative Director, Leslie Rogalski. Happy to have been accepted to the Inspiration Squad to play with new bead shapes. It’s a tall order!




In Real Life:

The Creativ Festival is coming to the North building in the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto from Oct 15 to 17th. Conference Classes start Tues, Oct 13th for five days. I will be teaching two workshops with new Czech bead shapes: “‘X’ 2-hole BAR Bracelet” and “Studs, Lentils & Tiles Bracelets”. Rypan Designs will be on the show floor with the newest kits and a few favourites at the BeadFX booth #927. Come see me!

West Toronto Beading Guild meets Tues, Oct 13 in Mississauga. I will be presenting the "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. A hands-on exercise, "Fave Colour FOB" will help practice what we learned and be handy for colour references. Guests welcome for $10. It’ll be an inspirational fun evening!

The Toronto Bead Society Fall Fair will be held Nov 7 and 8, 2015 at the Appel Salon on the 2nd floor of the Toronto Reference Library. This time visitors can take advantage of several smaller demos and Make and Takes from $5 to $10. I will have two on Saturday, as well as be demoing my Fanwheel Snowflake on Sunday. Stop by and visit Rypan Designs.

Soon as the TBS show finishes, I’ll be going to Kyiv, Ukraine for two weeks from Nov 11 to 25, 2015. Looking forward to the change of pace!

Panama Canal Bead Cruise from March 15 to 29, 2016 – here I come!! This is organized by Amy Loh Kupser of i-Beads.com. Still time to sign up. Can’t wait!! See USA events for details.

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! The Summer 2015, A Needle Pulling Thread just published my Ndebele Sailboat Summer Brooch, pgs 90 to 93.

The neat thing is that you can get a downloadable version of my full instructions for subscribers of ANPT.


“Peyote-stitched Daisy Bracelet” was published with all of my 43 step-by-step photos in Craft Ideas, Garden 2015 on pgs. 93 to 96. It’s also available digitally.

For your convenience, I have a Daisy Mosaic Bracelet kits, as shown, and Daisy Earring Drop Earring kits to match. This kit is thanks to a customer reuqest. If you have my Assorted Beadwork: Lessons #2, you have the instuctions. Add a few beads. Voila!

My husband and I put together a 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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We’ve already published 37 Rypan Designs Newsletters full of inspirational stories, links to blogs, videos, events and classes and tips. Subscribe not to miss a doze of inspiration coming to your mailbox. Click here to read the back issues news.

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.



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. 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...

Happy beading,

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