Every so often I am inspired by alternative materials for my crochet, it might be the texture or the colour that sets my imagination off, I have often used polythene because of the sound it makes when handled. You might find it odd to be inspired by sound but my husband is a musician so sound is part of my daily equation.
Recently I went to a builders suppliers where I came across a spool of Manila Twine - I adore the scent of Manila and simply had to buy a few meters of the twine because of the scent alone.
Manila is coarse and not kind on the hands, it's firm and strong too. On the way home in the car I realized it might work well with the spool of cotton candlewick in my stash... The colours would complement each other nicely, I thought.
When home, I ended up making a small basket out of the twine and the candlewick. It was fun to make and I hope to be able to source some hemp twine, I'm quite sure it would be cool combined with some flax yarn.
Do you ever use alternative materials in your crochet?
Note: This basket is part of my "Living Crochet" workshop in which items for the home are designed and crochet. More here!