Rypan Designs, now in our 27th 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, a TBS
Challenge by Maria Rypan, is the perfect
accessory to express the true spirit of
Ukraine, a sovereign nation where freedom
and national dignity are cherished.




Watch Rypan Designs Facebook for my new beadwork initiatives to fundraise for humanitarian aid and rebuilding Ukraine. To get a sense of what’s happening from a North American perspective and Ukrainian folk level, follow me.

The monthly Rypan Designs Newsletters includes short uplifting stories about creative initiatives, folk arts, one of a kind artists, updates on museums and cultural venues, upcoming events - workshops, presentations, exhibits. (Click on link in contents for the latest edition.)

For an insight about my creative process in beading unique challenges or restoring traditional beadwork, check out my blog which comes out when I have a big story to share. My interests are global. I love beadwork in all forms, embroidery, folk costumes, pysanky. The beauty of blogs is that posts are available forever, i.e. a year’s worth of ABC’s of Creativity.


My website has been thoroughly updated.

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.

Praying for PEACE!
Please keep creating and sharing as it is very uplifting!


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