Many of these tools do not create paths. To use them with Ink/Stitch you have to convert them to a path
Shift + Ctrl + C and possibly modify them even more.
Basic Inkscape Tutorials
- Basic Tutorial on inkscape.org
- Basics at tavmjong.free.fr
- Shapes Tutorial on inkscape.org
- Paths on tavmjong.free.fr
Create tiled patterns with
Edit > Clone > Clone Create Tiled Clones ....
Read more about Tiles on tavmjong.free.fr. Click through the
Table of contents, where you will find detailed information about all parts of the tiling dialog.