Elegant Ballerina, Pink Ballerina, Classical Dancer, Nutcracker Shepherdess, Marzipan Counted Cross Stitch Pattern



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A pink ballerina inspired by the Nutcracker ballet.

It's 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.

120 DMC colors used


Although it is listed as 120 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:

• 15 colors have less than or exactly 20 stitches
• 21 colors have between 21 and 50 stitches
• 29 colors have between 51 and 100 stitches
• 24 colors have between 101 and 200 stitches
• 15 colors have between 201 and 500 stitches
• 6 colors have between 501 and 1000 stitches
• 10 colors has over 1001 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:

“Marzipan is one of the shepherdesses…"

“But there’s no sheep on stage Mommy.”

You turn to look at your little girl. You watch as she tries to imitate the arm movements of the ballerinas on the stage much to the irritation of the woman sitting on the other side of her.

The woman glares angrily at you. You smile widely back, confusing her. She opens her mouth and you’re sure of what she will say when your daughter’s voice pips in again.

“That’s going to be me one day when I’m bigger.”

Without breaking eye contact with the woman, you respond to your little girl. “Baby, you can be anything you want to be. Just let your imagination soar and never give up on your dreams.”

And just like that, your little girl turns to the woman and lays her hand on her wrinkled arm. “I’m going to be a ballerina.” And she smiles widely at the old woman. “Were you a ballerina when you were younger? You’re skinny like them. Pretty too.”

The woman’s mouth snaps shut as she gazes down into your little girl’s youthful face and she’s drawn deeply into those beautiful blue eyes, just like they draw you in every time you look at her. And in that moment, the old woman smiles and there you see the hint of beauty she must have had in her youth.

“No. I wasn’t. But I wanted to be when I was your age. I love the Nutcracker.”

“Oh. So which dream did you follow?”

And before you know it, your little girl has a new friend to talk to about dreams and the Nutcracker and ballet. And soon, she’s holding your hand and her new friend’s and the three of you are swaying in time to the music.

Let this Marzipan 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

Sharon McLaughlin May 29, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

I love this design for a pillow. I also wanted rustic but soft. The seller has been the best to communicate with. I asked her so many questions, but yet she was always happy, gracious and helpful! Started this. Not an easy pattern, but the detail will be so worth it.

valimp Mar 1, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I received the pattern almost immediately. Looks like it has very thorough instructions and I can’t wait to start on it. Thank you, Mary

Mary Apr 7, 2022

5 out of 5 stars

Great pattern, gotta love the instant delivery of PDF files! I was looking for a cross stitch pattern to feed my crafting and guitar addiction and this one is beautiful!

Caroline Jul 26, 2016

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