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She was tall and bony, and almost always wore a coarse apron, fastened over her figure behind with two loops, and having a square impregnable bib in front, that was stuck full of pins and needles.
As she knew her own expertness with the needle, this did not surprise her; but she felt some wonder that more and better work should produce the least reward.
Of this package the chief contents were a razor with its case, a supply of needles and thread, a pound or two of tobacco and a few yards of bright-coloured calico.
Give him the needle and thread and let him mend his ways.
Polly's needle snapped in two, but she did not mind it, as she said, with a look that silenced even sharp-tongued Trix, "I can't help believing what my own eyes and ears have seen and heard.
It was funny to see the look the three tall lads cast at the little person sedately threading a needle with green silk.
I struggled back to life--and then I took up my needle again.
Some calico lay on the table; shirts, apparently, had been cut out and begun, several pairs of gussets were finished, and a work-basket, scissors, needles and thread, and all a needle-woman's requirements lay beside them.
He then imagined he had got into a needle-case full of pointed needles of every size.
Natalie dropped her needle and thread, and hid her face in her hands.
I am not as quick at my needle as she was-- but I could have done.
Bradley glanced at the doll she held up for his observation--which had been lying on its face on her bench, while with a needle and thread she fastened the dress on at the back--and looked from it to her.