Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum

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

Marilyn J. Leavitt was born August 1, 1946 in Youngstown, Ohio,[2] where 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. 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 the unlicensed sharing of needlework patterns on the Internet.[6]

Personal life

She was married three times and had six children.[2] She had multiple sclerosis but did not widely publicize the fact.[4] She died on August 14, 2012 in Newark, New York, aged 66.[2]


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

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