Braiding fibers

Bringing home interesting looking plant castoffs from the street is a hobby of mine. I don't know why these things catch my eye, but they do. When they come home with me they join their family--branch, seed or stone--and there it will sit until I figure out what to do with it next. 

I picked up this frayed, dirty leaf with horse hair-like fibers a couple months ago because it looked like a ponytail. As I was dusting this weekend—a rare sight—it came to me. I stopped what I was doing, untangled the fibers and braided it straight, then undid it to rebraid it with a curve. As a last touch, I stuck some retired orchid blossoms that I never got around to throwing away. Happy with this little experiment; will be keeping an eye out for more of these fibrous leaves...