Did you know that before it became popular (and horrendously tacky), macrame was a legitimate art form for fiber artists? This little sampler was made by my Grandma, and I think it must be linen. It's been hanging on our bathroom cabinet for years; I just tied it to the handle one day, and it's never moved.
I suppose that acrylic and polyester did to macrame the same thing they did to knitting and crochet: once people started using the lower-quality fibers, macrame developed a reputation for being a tacky hobby instead of earning respect for the lovely knotting and composition it can include. I'm sure that all those plant hangers and belts made by hippies in the 1960's didn't help it gain any respect, either.
I wonder if macrame will be rediscovered (like crewel has been) or if it's still too early. Or maybe it will just never catch on in the same way again.
I own a few of my Grandma's books on macrame and gave a half-hearted attempt at making a small sampler a few years ago, but someday it might be fun to really experiment with it. I'm still a little unsure that I'm interested enough to really get involved with it, but combined with weaving it could be really interesting.
And I promise I won't make any plant hangers. No wall hangings either.