Maxine Embroidery Designs
The Maxine 2 Embroidery Design Collection is now available from Dakota Collectibles Licensed Design Collection. The designs are 5" x 7", so the designs can fit on only certain machines. These designs can be embroidered on any machine that has a 5" x 7" hoop or larger. The designs are written in .art, .cnd, .csd, .dst, .exp, .hus, .jef, .ofm, .pcs, .pes, and .sew on a CD.
The History of Maxine
When Hallmark launched Shoebox in 1986, nobody knew that the crabby character gracing the covers of a few Shoebox cards would become a celebrity. But it didn’t take long to see that Maxine’s irreverent quips about aging, the workplace, retirement, political correctness, and of course sex (or the lack of it) had struck a cord. Since then, Americans have purchased more than 220 million Maxine greeting cards, and Maxine is still the first and only greeting card character to move from the card isle into popular culture. Perpetually one of Hallmark’s top-performing characters, today Maxine has her own books, comic strip, calendars, and website. Her likeness—and attitude—have also appeared on everything from t-shirts to paper towels.
About the Creator John Wagner
John Wagner—or “Arty-Boy” as Maxine likes to call him—created Maxine for the 1986 launch of Shoebox. John was inspired by his mother, his maiden aunts, and his grandmother (who paid for his first art lessons). But Maxine is more than an homage to the women who raised him. "Cartoonists are sensitive to the insanities of the world,” he says. “We try to humanize them. If Maxine can get a laugh out of someone who feels lonely or someone who is getting older and hates the thought of another birthday … or if she can make someone chuckle about a stressful relationship, I'm happy. Putting a smile on people’s faces is what it's all about." John attended the Vesper George School of Art in Boston, and joined Hallmark as in illustrator in 1970.