Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum

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Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum (August 1, 1946 – August 14, 2012) was an American cross-stitch embroidery designer known especially for her Victorian angel designs.[1] Her designs were published under the business name Told in a Garden, with product divisions of Told in a Garden, Lavender and Lace, and Butternut Road.


Early life[edit]

Marilyn J. Leavitt was born August 1, 1946 in Youngstown, Ohio.[2] She attended Ursuline High School.[3]


Her professional design career began in the 1960s, working as an advertising and fashion illustrator for Strouss and Hartzell, Rose and Sons.[4]

Imblum began publishing embroidery designs around 1986, when she showed her original design "The Quilting", showing an Amish quilting bee, to the owner of a local needlework shop who told her that if she graphed the design the shop would sell it.[4] The first 25 copies sold almost immediately, and her business was born. Within a decade, her Victorian angel designs were considered among the most popular cross-stitch designs available.[5] In 2000, she publicly stated her opposition to digital piracy of needlework patterns.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Imblum was married three times and had six children: Jeff Adams, Nora Adams Corbett, also a cross-stitch designer,[3] Elizabeth Adams, Corriander Ferenchak, Matt Imblum, and Sarah Imblum.[2] She had multiple sclerosis but did not widely publicize the fact.[4]

Death and afterward[edit]

Imblum died August 14, 2012 in Newark, New York.[2]


  1. ^ "Marilyn Levitt-Imblum Has Died". The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Marilyn L. Imblum". Finger Lakes Times. 16 August 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Tims, Jane (27 Jul 2000). "Entrepreneur from Valley loved freedom, library". Youngstown Vindicator. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Case, Mary (20 July 1986). "Artist crafts embroidery designs". Youngstown Vindicator. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Platt, Mary (31 January 1997). "A Stitch in Time Saves . . . Sanity". Los Angeles Times. p. E1. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Huffstutter, P.J. (1 August 2000). "Is a Stitch Online a Crime?". Los Angeles Times. p. A1. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 

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