Tutorial: Wrap Bracelets

I'm happy to bring you a tutorial on how to make the "Chan Luu" bracelets with the girl who taught me, Emily!

Emily, the bracelet master!

Bracelet Supplies

Leather cording, your choice in color. We used the 1.5mm thickness. You can also use other cords made of linen or a natural fiber for a vegan option. 
Beading thread, color to match cording 
Beads, size, color and type up to you
Needle, thin enough to pass through your beads (sewing needle works well, too!)
Larger button or bead for the end of bracelet 
4 wrap bracelet 34-36 inches when cord is doubled 
3 wrap bracelet 20-22 inches when cord is doubled 
Make sure to wrap the leather around your own wrist to check for length and also allow enough cord for a knotted loop at the end to secure around the button. 
Let's Begin!
Take your button and thread it on the leather placing it halfway, folding the leather in half.

Tutorial Button placement

Step 1: Thread your needle and your first bead on to the jewelry thread, sliding it all the way to the opposite end of the thread – leaving yourself a 6" tail. Place the bead and thread OVER the leather cord with the tail of your thread coming from the bottom of the bracelet and working thread on top.

Bracelet Tutorial: Thread Bead

Step 2: Bring your needle behind the bottom cord, through the bead and out under the bottom cord.

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Pull Thread through.

Step 3: Bring needle from the bottom over the leather cord through the bead and under the top cord and pull tightly.


Repeat by bring the needle over the top of the leather cord through the bead and under the bottom cord.

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Bring needle up through the bead one more time ending with the thread coming out from behind the top leather cord. Pull tightly.

Step 4: Thread another bead and bring it down to the leather cord. 

Thread a new bead

Step 5: Bring needle over the the top cord and under the bottom cord holding bead in place with your fingers.

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Step 6: Bring needle over the cord, through the bead and under the top cord. Pull thread through.

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Thread another bead on the cord and conintue adding beads as in Step 5 and 6 until desired bracelet length.

Secure your last bead as directed as first by pulling thread through at least 3x. Tie a knot with the cord and thread at edge of bead. Cut thread. Tie 2nd knot allowing a space large enough to fit your button through.

Finished Bracelets

Make a full arm's worth and be the envy of your friends.

Shops on Etsy that sell beads: 
If you're local so SF there are our favorite bead places:  
The Bead Shop, in the Castro
General Bead, downtown 
Successories in the Button Box, Noe Valley 
Happy bracelet making!

Stella & Dot: Femme Fatale


We interrupt the knitting content to bring you one of my favorite fall necklaces from Stella & Dot. The Femme Fatale! It recenty was featured in Self Magazine, too. If you want to get one for yourself buy one here!

I may have to wear mine to knit group tonight. It goes perfectly with my Aidez.

PS – OH and remember that sales goal I mentioned in an earlier post? I finally HIT IT! It was nerve wracking but finally got there. Talk about getting out of your comfort zone. Thank you to everyone who made a purchase, you rock. (and I bet look fabulous in your new jewelry too ;-))

Eye Candy Friday


In the garden with my tomatoes! Tomaccio's to be exact. I have never grown my own veggies (or fruit for you tomato conspiracy theorists!) and I must say they are delicious. I feel like such a Gatherer today. Caprese Salads here I come!

PS. I am SOCLOSE to hitting a sales goal with Stella & Dot jewelry! Jazz up your knit wardrobe with a pair of earrings, a gorgeous necklace, or a HOT handbag!! Would love for you to help me reach it!

And the winner is…

the winner

Michelle!!! (check your email!)

Thank you SO MUCH to all those who bought something in my launch! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your support in this new venture! I've had a great time so far and am excited at where S&D will take me.

BTW, There's a huge sale going on right now so if you still want to get yourself something fun lots of pieces are 40% off!!

So far this holiday weekend has been amazing. My husband and I walked up and down the Fillmore Jazz Festival and now that we're home it's time for knitting and my favorite cocktail: Sweet Tea Vodka and Lemonade!

Fav Summer Cocktail!

Have a Happy 4th of July Weekend!!

A non-knitting adventure: Stella & Dot

Since my move to SF I've tried to answer the question of "what are you doing now?" I would love to tell people that I'm knitting and blogging and that's paying ALL the bills but that's just not possible (yet!). So as I began looking for a new job I knew I wanted it to be something fun but not tied to an office or a school.  

Enter my friend Jen and  Stella & Dot.


At first, I wasn't sure if it was for me but after learning more about the company and seeing all the jewelry I really fell in love with it. It would be a great way to meet people & I could set my own schedule (a.k.a more knitting time!) The bonus: the jewelry is gorgeous!

I will be launching my new business this Thursday, June 30th and I would love it if you would help me kick it off!

Here's How:

Go to: stelladot.com/margaux

Click on Find Your Hostess

Enter the hostess "with the mostess": Margaux Hufnagel 

Shop! Check out the Sale Page too!! SO many great pieces at 20% off.

You'll get half off your shipping if you order by Thursday midnight! (ETA: comments will close at that time too!!)

I know you'll love what you find. 

As an added incentive, shop and I'll put you in a drawing for two skeins of Madeline Tosh DK, your color choice! Please leave a comment here once you've done any purchasing so I know who you are!

Go get yourself some BLING and look hot while you knit! 


PS. Live in the SF area and want to host a trunk show? Email me at margaux dot pena at gmail dot com!

(ETA: COMMENTS CLOSED! Will be choosing the lucky winner this weekend! GOOD LUCK and Thank you for ALL Your Support!)