When I was shopping for a beaded collar in Cape Town, I could only find Kenyan wire collars like this...
...which I don't think a white girl in Quebec can quite carry off. I wanted something inspired by, rather than imitation of.
Each of these rows took me about 1 - 1.5hours to do, and I was seriously cheating on the couching. Instead of doing 3 beads / backstitch 2, I did 10+, then backstitched 2. I think it would have taken me years if I had done this properly.
I thought it would look best if I photographed it against bare skin, but then I chickened out and put on this old linen dress.
You could wear this forwards as peter pan collar, but I think I prefer it backwards.