girl sitting at sewing machine inside barge boat


ONCA’s welcoming drop-in sewing space to make, mend and up-cycle. 


Current term: 10 June to 22 July inclusive

Closed for summer break 23 July – 1 September

Autumn term: 2 September – 14 October inclusive

  A space to:

  • Learn new skills and share knowledge and experience through informal learning
  • Extend the life cycles of clothing through making, mending and up-cycling
  • Make clothes that are more interesting, more beautiful, and more functional than fast fashion offers
  • Make clothes that empower and celebrate all bodies
  • Mobilise against fast fashion through sustainable practices, collaboration and dialogue
  • Meet new people in a supportive and creative environment
  • Focus on individuals interests as tools to build community and improve wellbeing.

What to expect?

  • A space to develop your own making projects
  • Technical support and advice 
  • Use of ONCA’s sewing machines, overlocker, pattern cutting equipment, books and material stash 
  • All levels of experience and knowledge welcome! From complete beginners to expert makers. 

What to bring?

  • Bring ideas and projects or talk to our in-house maker for suggestions and ideas
  • If you have something specific you want to make you can bring patterns/ fabric or dig through our material stash

Class is by donation to ONCA. Everything raised will help us to continue, and expand, our work at the ONCA Barge.

Get in touch

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your needs before taking part in the class, please contact our community artist Sally at


[Image description: The image shows a photograph of a child sitting with their back to the camera, facing a sewing machine that sits on the table in front of them. Their hair is long and light in colour. The chair they are sitting on is blue and in the foreground of the photograph is a bucket full of colourful pens, a stack of books and a plant on top of a table. The child is facing a window and outside are boats in a marina on a sunny day, the sky is blue. Some rays of sunlight come in through the window and light up the desk space where the child is working]