And in a completely random switch in thought, I finally got around to looking up Saint Maurice on Wikipedia. Lyn alerted me to the existence of this particular saint after my fumbling invocations surrounding the death of my computer. Saint Maurice's history is full of a lot of Roman Emperors, bloodshed, martyrdom and a lot of other things that make me squirm, but if you're looking for someone to pray to, he is, according to Wikipedia, "the patron saint of soldiers, swordsmiths, and armies. He is also inexplicably the patron saint of weavers, dyers, and invoked against menstrual cramps." I have to agree with Lyn that he could be one useful guy!
And here is my progress on the 48 inch square tapestry (which I'm not revealing the name of it yet mostly because I don't have one--but you can pretend I'm trying to be mysterious.) That is 20 inches baby!!! Only 28 inches to go. The color here is completely blown out and it looks like I just gave away my sneaky warp-tension fixing device (called a T pin). I'm rolling along at the average rate of 2.5 inches a day. Most excellent. There was a frightening moment earlier this week where my teacher suggested that I consider tearing out 3 inches to change a color. I was praying to Saint Maurice and swearing under my breath at the same time. We finally decided that leaving the color as it was fit with my intentions for the piece. The truth is nothing could have made me back out 3 inches on a 48 inch piece anyway. I know weavers who would have (my teacher is one), but I just can't do it. I have a lot of patience, but not that much.