Today I experimented with this stitch on this sampler.
12.106.looped cretan st-sampelr3
1.The loops are worked shorter than the cretan stitches in the first row. The stitches are worked at straight angles in the second row. The loops are worked short than the cretan stitches in the top and are worked normally in the bottom in the third row. The loops are longer than the cretan stitches in the fourth row, this treatment continues on closely worked stitches on the same row. I always felt that cretan stitch when worked closely resembles a braid,when the edges are treated differently, like this long loop variation, the braided effect is more. Phew..!
2.The short loops cross over the cretan stitches in the first row, the last few stitches are closely worked the same manner[for the braid effect]. The crossed short loops and long loops combination on cretan stitches is worked in the second row. Two stitches with shorter loop and two stitches with normal loops are alternated in the third row. This row , I wanted to try an idea of working flowers or beads between normal loops which can be used as leaves. But I am not working any other treatment now on this sampler.