Have you ever considered the variety of materials that can be used for crochet? Yarn and crochet thread aren't the only possibilities.
Embroidery floss is an alternative to crochet thread, and it is available in a wider selection of colors. It's ideal for use in doll clothing patterns, such as this strapless top for 11 ½" fashion dolls.
Craft stores offer a treasure trove of materials for crochet. The fabric aisle is filled with intriguing possibilities, since fabrics can be cut into strips for use in crocheted rag rugs and tote bags. You are also likely to find a variety of cords, ribbons, and trims that can be used for crochet.
When looking for potential crochet materials, you aren't limited to shopping at the craft store. At the hardware store, look for wire, rope, twine, and other possibilities.
Dollar stores offer even more crochet materials. In my wild and crazy college days, I crocheted a bikini top using speaker wire found at the local 99-cent store. I had a friend who crocheted a tote bag using strips cut from plastic garbage bags and grocery bags.
Have you crocheted a project using unconventional materials? Have you seen a unique crochet project that was made using recycled or re-purposed materials? Please comment and tell us about it!