Let the Light Shine Through!
Yeah, it's kind of quirky, but oh, how the light looks coming through the doilies! I have been making lampshades from vintage doilies (and some I made myself(!)) for the past few years. These are some of my favorite things to create. The doilies are kept soft - I don't starch them so they are easier to clean. Just use the brush attachment on your vacuum.
This one has been made into a pendant light which has a very generous cord with a plug and a switch so it can be hung anywhere. It could also be hard-wired in that's what you need.