A ScotWeave timeline

3D Schematic
Dobby Design
Jacquard Design

Oct 2011

Start of an European Union funded project with other European Union partners looking into digital 3D weave.

Sept 2011

Show the world’s first automatic software using Staubli bitmap multi shed position at ITMA Barcelona in conjunction with the new multi shed Mageba loom.

June 2008

Jim Freeman from Jeftex Ltd retires and Neil Feilding of Allertex Ltd takes over as the UK agent.

April 2007

A company restructuring brings about a new name of ScotCad Textiles Ltd. Dave Kemp is the Managing Director and Helen Houston is appointed Design Director.

February 2001

ScotWeave wins a SMART award from the Scottish Executive for a fabric scanning, software project.

January 2000

ScotWeave for Windows, Jacquard version is launched. This completes the rewrite of the older MS-DOS based ScotWeave software.

June 1999

ScotWeave for Windows, Dobby version is launched. This is an all-new program written especially for all Microsoft Windows versions using Microsoft Visual C.

May 1999

A new company ScotWeave Ltd is formed as a result of a management buyout from Heriot-Watt University. The two Directors of the new company and majority shareholders are Dave Kemp and Alan Watters.

November 1997

Les Miller receives a Fellowship of The Scottish College of Textiles, in recognition of his services to Computer Aided Design and education.


The ScotWeave software wins two awards - 'British Computer Society IT Awards', medallist and a 'Highly Commended' from the 'John Logie Baird Award for Innovation'.

November 1994

Les Miller retires and continues with ScotWeave as a consultant.

July 1994

Helen Houston joins the ScotWeave Team as woven designer.


JEFTEX Ltd is appointed global sales agents for ScotWeave. This is the start of a long association between the two companies that continues today.


'ScotWeave Professional' is launched. This is a major rewrite with the software now written using the Microsoft C programming language. This is the first ScotWeave program to use a graphical user interface with mouse control. The program runs under MS-DOS on IBM-PC compatible hardware with the addition of a high performance graphics card. The software initially uses a specialised TIGA graphics card but then migrates onto industry standard (VESA) graphics hardware which also means it is fully compatible with Windows 95 when it is launched.


'ScotWeave 2' is launched running on IBM PC/AT and 'Io Research Pluto' graphics box. An interface card in the PC connects to the separate graphics processor box via a cable. A simple textual user interface is displayed on the PC screen and the graphics are displayed on a separate colour screen. Still written in Pascal but with speed-critical modules in low level Assembly language, ScotWeave now provides software for both jacquard and dobby, including an interface for the Bonas CAPS3 EPROM system.


Alan Watters is employed as support programmer as ScotWeave expands.


The first version of ScotWeave is made commercially available running on a Chromatics graphics computer controlled by an IBM PC. The programming language has now changed to Pascal for more power and speed. The software is for dobby fabrics only and is sold in the UK and USA.


Dave Kemp is employed as research programmer to help make the project more commercial. The British Technology Group (BTG) become involved in the funding and promotion of ScotWeave and a distributor, Pragma Ltd. is appointed.


Les Miller, a former textile designer and lecturer in woven structures at the Scottish College of Textiles, (now Heriot Watt University) embarks upon a research project into the use of computers for woven textile design. The project begins as an experiment in BASIC programming with very rudimentary computer hardware.