She served as the de facto ruler of Stanlaw since Aethelred spent most of his time in service to with Cyning Cynric II Alfredson. After Edward slew Aethelred at the Battle of Raecford, the official responsibility passed to Aethelflaed.
Since then, she has stepped back from politics to focus on weaving, though she is still widely respected and sought for counsel.
Few can match her weaving skills. They are so great that rumors abound she possessed some skill with Line Magic, but that has never been proven either way.