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ennisNancy Ennis

Designing and creating jewelry is Nancy Ennis’s passion and joy!  She uses many techniques in her art including bead-weaving, wire-wrapping, wire-weaving, and metal-smithing – all of which enable her to create chainmaille, bead-weaving, and hand-forged metal jewelry. You are as likely to see her working with a needle and thread as you are to find her with a hammer and torch!

Creating handwoven chain, chainmaille, is a complex and labor-intensive method of creating jewelry. It is also one of the most classic and enduring.  Nancy begins with wire, creating jump rings and then weaves them into different patterns using sterling silver, copper, and red brass. Her handwoven chains are both classic and modern designs.

Nancy’s handcrafted bead-woven jewelry is created one bead at a time using a needle and thread and a variety of stitches and materials. Bead-weaving with seed beads allows her to delve into color and texture using stitching techniques from across the globe such as Ndebele stitch (Africa), St. Petersburg (Russia) and Peyote (Native American).

From 2006-2010, Nancy was the President of the Baltimore Bead Society. She continues as the Chairperson of their Workshops, 2010-2015. Nancy has taught numerous workshops and participated in many Art Shows, Exhibitions and Galleries including:

  • Art Academy Craft Show, Easton Maryland 2012, 2013, 2015
  • Artfully Wilde Fine Arts and Craft Show, Columbia Maryland, 2010-2016
  • Baltimore Bead Society’s Winter Bead Show, 2008 – 2016
  • The ClayGround Gallery, Ellicott City, MD, 2010-2014
  • Mountain Heritage Art and Craft Show, Charles Town WV, 2014-2016
  • Holiday Mart, Cooksville, MD, 2008, 2010-2016

Nancy has also been an educator for 40 years in the Howard County Public School System.  She has taught high school and middle school English, and Technology Resource. From 1992 to present, she has also managed and conducted numerous after school college level courses.  Nancy lives in Ellicott City, MD with her family.


Historic Savage Mill
8600 Foundry Street
Suite 2063

Savage, MD 20763
located in the Cotton Shed (or Barn) building


Gallery Hours

Thurs-Sun 11am-6pm
Other days/times by appointment


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Art – as far as the eye can see!
In this photo I spy work by Bonnie Zuckerman, Ed Kidera, Becky Moy Behre, Molly Sims, George French, Brenda Kidera, Tim McFadden, Rana Geralis, April M Rimpo, Jim Oliver, Allen Alexopulos, Chris Guercio, Allison Pasarew, Nancy Lee Davis, Deborah Maklowski, Kay Sandler, Iris Grundler Pottery, Joyce J Ritter, Linda Trope, Nancy McIntosh, Alison Leigh Menke, Tara Will… who else?
Thu-Sun, 11-6, or 24/7 online or by appointment 301-490-2001
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Historic Savage Mill
8600 Foundry Street, Suite 2063
Savage, MD 20763
located in the Cotton Shed (or Barn) building

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