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The ScotWeave software brand is owned by ScotCad Textiles Limited, a fully independent limited company registered in Scotland, UK.

The company's ethos is focused on research and development to give the designer, the best experience in digital design creating their woven designs quickly and easily.

We strive to provide good quality after sales service and enjoy working with our clients which often result in software developments. Many clients have been using the ScotWeave software for many years.

Digital Binary code in blues, binary code also used for warp lift in weaving.



Passionate about delivering quality software for woven textile designers

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Dave Kemp

Managing Director

I studied software engineering and enjoy the graphic creation side of software coding. I am delighted to have been involved in the development of ScotWeave software since its inception and chuffed that my software code has won so many awards over the years.

It is a pleasure to lead the ScotWeave development team creating digital solutions for the woven textile industry.

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Helen Houston

Design Director

I studied textile design at The Scottish College of Textiles specialising in weaving. Joining the ScotWeave development team has been great, expanding my knowledge of all the different types of woven structures. I am responsible for the textile design processes within the software and deliver the training programs.


The relationships that develop with our clients is one of the best parts of the job.


At the cutting edge of technology for digital weave design

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ScotWeave receiving a SMART award in 2000
Les Miller the inventor of ScotWeave with 1997 computer showing weave simulation
British Computer Society awards for IT logo
1984 Chromatics graphics IBM computer showing ScotWeave simulation in the monitor
1982 exert of technical paper about computer aided design for weaving, written by Les Miller of ScotWeave


Partners in an European Union funded project, Visage


Show the world’s first automatic software using Staubli bitmap multi shed position at ITMA Barcelona.

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


Allertex Ltd take over the UK agency.


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.


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

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


ScotWeave is spun out from the university to become its own commercial company.

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


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'.


Helen Houston joins the ScotWeave Team as woven designer. Les Miller continues as a consultant.


JEFTEX Ltd is appointed global sales agents for ScotWeave. This is the start of a long association between the two companies until Jim Freeman's retirement.


'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.


ScotWeave employs more programming staff.


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 lecturer in weaving 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.

1990 computer showing the launch of ScotWeave professional 2
Future Fashion Design logo, EU digital research project for weaving
Allertex logo, UK agent for ScotWeave software
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