The final week of conservation was not without some drama. After deciding that the original ivory silk borders were unsuitable for continued display, new ones had to be made. Camille set about dyeing 16-mm Silk Habotai using Jacquard acid dyes, both purchased from Dharma Trading. After one test bath that produced too dark a shade of ecru, she was able to dye the final four strips of silk the perfect color. After washing and ironing, they were laid out and pinned to the original fringe border.
The success of this project came from the Mary Baker Eddy Library's willingness to allow conservators to make decisions in the best interest of the flag that will permit continued display in its historic location. The end result is a cleaner, more stable, and less distorted flag that preserves the appearance of the original while making much-needed improvements.