needleful

needleful

(ˈniːdəlfʊl)
n
(Knitting & Sewing) a length of thread cut for use in a needle
References in classic literature ?
She took a new needleful of thread, waxed it carefully, threaded her needle with a steady hand, and then observed, with perfect composure -
As daylight goes she follows it with her sewing to the window, and gets another needleful out of it, as one may run after a departed visitor for a last word, but now the gas is lit, and no longer is it shameful to sit down to literature.
Sit down, my dear, I 'm glad to see you, but excuse me if I go on with my work, as I 'm in a driving hurry to get these things done to-night," said the brisk little lady, with a smile and a nod, as she took a new needleful of thread, and ran up a seam as if for a wager.
Of course, workers wouldn't ordinarily stick themselves with a needleful of CNTs.
Fear has entered me, a needleful of ether, constricting what in someone else would be my heart .
As he shoots up a needleful of heroin in a filth-infested back yard, he admits it's a squalid way to live - and will be a squalid way to die.