Rypan Designs, now in our 25th year, is 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. Her work is featured in many beadwork publications.

Since 1995 Maria has been teaching beadwork classes internationally at various shows, retreats, museums, bead shops and societies.

"Ukrainian Sunflower” mask for the Toronto Bead Society Mask
Challenge by Maria Rypan.




The Spirit of Beads: Sharing Our Stories, was launched virtually Oct 25, 2020 by the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch. It focuses on beadwork and significance, examining the similarities and differences in techniques, motifs, and symbolism among the many types of traditional Indigenous and Ukrainian beadwork.

This exhibition is co-presented by the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch and the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.

Being a consultant and a featured artist for it gave me a great opportunity to share my passion. Together with Naomi Smith we did a “Spirit of Beads Artists Tour” video. Watch us sharing stories about the beadwork of our two cultures. You can do an interactive tour of the exhibit no matter where you are and watch the recorded opening here.

My website has been thoroughly updated during the pandemic.


Beadwork – has a new feature about different styles of beading, beadweaving techniques, gerdany, beadwork Ukrainian-style and simple beading. Color theory is easily understood thanks to Maria's PETAL Color Wheel. There are many PDFs you can print for your reference.

Catalogue – Though Maria is retiring her kits, there are a few left. See updated Kits & Patterns and More Patterns and order so you can start beading!! Downloadable Patterns offer convenience.

Gallery Major update here with stories about each new photo of creations. Maria's own, Student's Gallery and Wedding are meant to inspire creativity.

Portfolio – See what Maria's has done in the last 25 years. Because Articles, In the Press, Media, Presentations and Seminars only cover her beadwork passion, a new Ukrainian Projects section has been added to showcase several other unique undertakings.

Updates and news will be provided through Rypan Designs Newsletters, our Facebook page and occasional blog post.

I hope you will find a useful tip or new technique and some inspiration on my site.
Be creative and be safe,


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