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Toulouse Cross

This e-book contains an enlarged pattern shown on two pages. It is large enough to make it very easy to read. There are no instructions, no color keys, just pretty patterns for those of you who love to bead and want patterns at a very affordable price. You can find beading instructions on my web site.

Technique: Odd CountFlat Peyote 
Beads: Delicas 
Approx Size: 4.5 X 4.5"
Pages to Print: 3

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The Toulouse Cross was adopted, probably in the 12th century, by the Count of Toulouse from the Occitan Cross. Toulouse is now the capital of Midi-Pyrénées and this cross appears on its flag. Before the French Revolution, Toulouse was the capital of the Languedoc province. Toulouse is now the fourth largest city in France.

The Toulouse Cross is a voided cross (the centre section removed) of four spear-tips or arrow-heads and usually coloured yellow. There are three blobs at the end of each arm. The blobs extend beyond the edge of the cross, giving the name Entrailed Cross. The original purpose of these is unknown. They may have represented Jesus' twelve disciples or perhaps rays of light emanating from the cross. Alternatively, they may simply have been rivets used to affix the handle on the reverse side of a shield, plus a few decorative rivets for balance.