Di Keller walked into a sewing store in Lincoln one day and a business was born.
She saw the embroidery machine at Sew Creative and thought she could use it to create a new business. She had been sewing since she was a child and had been praying about her next endeavor. She brought her husband Scott to the store to look at the machine.
They decided to buy the machine and Di has been using it and others like it ever since to create a variety of embroidered textiles for her business, Creative Edge Monograms.
Before starting her business Di worked as a medical assistant as well as several part time jobs over the years. After she and Scott started their family, Di became a stay-at-home mom and did some home schooling.
Creative Edge started 10 years ago and blended Di’s interest in sewing, using computers and her creativity. The business allows her to create the design on the computer and transfer it to an embroidery machine, which stitches the design onto the garment, cap, bag, blanket, towel or whatever the customer wants done.
She started marketing her products at craft shows, then decided to join BNI on the invitation of a friend from church, Carol Adams.
In addition to embroidery, Creative Edge Monograms offers screen printing, vinyl lettering and what Di refers to as “bling” – placing jeweled-like pieces onto shirts and other items.
Scott recently retired as a statistician with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and he is now working with her full time. They have five children – Sara, Erin, Josh, Abby and Chelsea, and twelve grandchildren.
In her spare time, Di enjoys reading, putting together jigsaw puzzles, watching Husker football and going out with friends.
Her business can be found at http://creativeedgemonograms.com.