Sugar Plum Fairy Ballerina, Elegant Ballerina, Purple Ballerina, Classical Dancer, Nutcracker Ballet Dancer Counted Cross Stitch Pattern



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A purple ballerina inspired by Nutcracker ballet.

Its sister pattern can be found at:

Original artwork by Dorothy A. Zwierz

Tech Specs:
Difficulty level: If you can count, you can stitch it! Don't believe me? Email me and we'll talk.

Pattern Size only:
143 stitches (W) X 238 stitches (H)

Pattern Dimensions only:
11 count Aida – 12.9 inches (W) X 21.5 inches (H)
14 count Aida – 10.1 inches (W) X 16.6 inches (H)
18 count Aida – 7.9 inches (W) X 13.2 inches (H)

Be sure to add additional inches to both width and height for final cut of fabric. The above dimensions are strictly the size of the stitched pattern.

116 DMC colors used


Although it is listed as 116 DMC colors, quite a few of them do not need a lot of floss. You probably have enough in remnants from other projects to use in this one. The symbol guide in the booklet has the number of stitches need and the length is estimated for the 11-count, 14-count and 18-count fabric. Here’s the breakdown:

• 18 colors have less than or exactly 20 stitches
• 20 colors have between 21 and 50 stitches
• 19 colors have between 51 and 100 stitches
• 19 colors have between 101 and 200 stitches
• 25 colors have between 201 and 500 stitches
• 5 colors have between 501 and 1000 stitches
• 7 colors have between 1001 and 2000 stitches
• 3 color has over 2000 stitches

You can choose from regular format color chart booklet (ends in RC) or regular format black and white chart booklet (ends in RBW).

Large format charts are available on request. Just drop me a message!

Download pattern includes chart, floss listing and thread sorter pages. Also included is an estimated length PDF for the 3 listed sizes. I've also included the story below so that you can keep it with your pattern.


**Please note this pattern is for personal use only.
***Please do not copy, redistribute or re-sell this pattern in any format.
****Please do not use the story on this page in any form without express written permission.

The Inspiration:

“Within the borders of the Land of Sweets, the Sugar Plum Fairy has been keeping the Prince’s land safe while he was under the Mouse King’s spell.”

“Wow! And then what happens Mommy?”

“Ssssssshhhhh…watch and you will see little one.” You tell your little girl as she sits mesmerized by the beauty and artistry being performed on the stage.

She scoots up to the front of her seat and clasps her hands together under her chin and watches eagerly as the ballerinas twirl and leap across the stage.

You watch as her head and body begin to sway in time to the music and wonder what she’s really thinking in that inquisitive, imaginative mind of hers. You smile because you know you’ll hear all about it on the drive back home. And then your hubby and her brother will hear all about it…then her uncles and aunts and grandparents. You hide a smile behind your hand and turn to watch the Nutcracker story play out and you know this was the right time to bring your little girl.

You remember the first time you watched Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and your smile widens remembering how you swayed to the music also. And that’s when you realize that you too are swaying in time to the music sitting next to your daughter. You reach over and touch her wrist. Without pulling her eyes away from the story dancing out in front of her, she moves her hand to yours.

Together you sit, hand in hand, swaying and humming to the inspiring Nutcracker.

Let this Sugar Plum Fairy ballerina counted cross stitch inspire your little one to dance and imagine and dream.


If you've gotten this far...I hope this has inspired you!

Thank you for looking and reading!

Have a great day!

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Dorothy, I was getting ready for bed and decided to check my emails.....and there you were with the finished product. You made me cry.........I am 73 yrs old and have been cross stitching for over 40 years and never, I mean never have I ever seen a pattern so clearly printed, clearly stated, soooooo professionally done, so beautifully explained as what you just provided............I have no words..............thank you is not good enough. What you went through to produce this for me, I don't have the words to express my gratitude. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. The finished product is going to a well deserved police officer at Christmas time. As I wipe the tears, I smile because I met someone like you. You are awesome! Thank you for being YOU! Sharon McLaughlin

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