Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum (August 1, 1946 – August 14, 2012) was an American cross-stitch embroidery designer known especially for her Victorian angel designs. 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.
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. 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. In 2000, she publicly stated her opposition to digital piracy of needlework patterns.
Imblum was married three times and had six children: Jeff Adams, Nora Adams Corbett, also a cross-stitch designer, Elizabeth Adams, Corriander Ferenchak, Matt Imblum, and Sarah Imblum. She had multiple sclerosis but did not widely publicize the fact.
Death and afterward
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- Told in a Garden official website for Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum.
- "Designer Spotlight" on website for Caron Collection company. (Specializes in variegated embroidery thread.)
- Yahoo discussion group dedicated to Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum designs.