Wednesday, August 15, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Marilyn Levitt-Imblum Has Died

I heard the sad news this morning that the Cross Stitch World has lost a great designer. Marilyn Levitt-Imblum has died.  I only know her business manager announced her death on the Yahoo Group for her Told in a Garden fans and that she'd been ill for some time.  She also sold her charts under the Lavender and Lace and Butternut Road names and had a limited series of colors of floss under the NeedlePaints name (very pretty, too!).   I have never stitched any of her large, intricate designs but it is always fun to see them stitched at Woodlawn.  Here is her website to browse and enjoy her work.

Marilyn helped everyone stitching faces with her recommended DMC colors for various ethnic groups so that stitchers could change the look of the people they were stitching.  Here is the link to her Alternative Skin Choices,

...followed by the link to her free Christmas designs, which have always been popular.

UPDATE:  Sandy said goodbye very well.

And so did Jeanne.

And Janet.

Not to mention DMC!

Unfortunately, her obituary gives no clue how important a designer and influence in the cross stitch world she was.

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Sandy said...

this is so sad, I'm an avid fan and have done 3 angels and have 2 in process and 2 ready to start.

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

It is sad to lose such a talent. I love seeing her finished pieces. They are amazing.

Anonymous said...

So very sad to think that there won't be any more designs from a woman that I always felt had to be such a gentle soul to produce such beauty in her designs. I have stitched 8 of her large pieces over the years, 7 of them angels and one of her Celtic Women(summer)and all are proudly displayed in my home. Every one of these beautiful designs were entered in county fairs near my home and every one received a first place prize, 4 of them received a Sweeptstakes prize and 3 of them were Grand Chamnpions and/or Best of Show. I had one woman approach me and rave about my talent. I thanked her for her remarks but I just had to tell her that the talent that produced the design was so much greater than my own.
May God bless her, I'm sure that she rests with the angels.