Added some black sequin waste (also known as Punchinella), which I got cheap at the local fabric store.
Dabbed on a bit of Distress Stain Picket Fence for a white wash effect, added a pen nib, and some pointy finger tissue tape. Tied the shoelace through the hole and secured with a knot. It has a ruler pattern on it! Tucked some cheesecloth under the sentiment too.
Thought it would be perfect for Rod, my father-in-law, as he loves to read and does crossword puzzles. He is 91 years young!